Friend and longtime Big Deer blogger Luke Strommen writes:
So proud of this young lady! Summer, who turned 10 two days earlier, was so excited to go hunt for her first buck.
It was 25 degrees and really foggy on opening morning of the two-day youth hunt. After setting up in a blind on edge of a wheat field, I told Summer that we would try to tag the first buck that gave us an ethical opportunity, if we saw one.
She was hunting with a .308 and low-recoil 125-grain loads. The bullet really drops after 300 yards, but I won’t let my girls shoot that far anyway. Our rule right now is to keep it under 100.
This buck tantalized us at 60 yards for 20 minutes before legal shooting light arrived. Then Summer raised the rifle and delivered a perfectly placed shot. Meat in the freezer and memories for a lifetime.
At home, we pulled out the tenderloins and ate them for lunch, 6 hours after she killed the buck. #America’sprotein!
I am very thankful for the Hunter Apprentice Program administered by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, which allows responsible hunters 21 years of age or older to take out kids for two days of hunting before the general season.
My girls are taught rigid firearms safety and have to recite the safety rules and demonstrate safe firearms handling before they are allowed to participate. I don’t force my girls to go…it’s their choice. If they don’t want to hunt yet, they don’t have to. So far they lose sleep over anticipation of hunting for a buck.
I’ll take these hunts with my girls over any hunt I have ever had or ever will.—Luke Strommen
Congrats to both of you! How cool is that! I took my 11 year old daughter out the end of September for the youth/apprentice hunt here in MI and got her first buck as well! I don’t know who was more excited, her or I
Thanks for sharing and enjoy it!
I know the feeling Scott! Congratulations to both of you!
Congrats to the both of you!
Hey Luke, what up bud? Huge congrats to you n you daughter! Awesome! She looks mighty happy. Don’t get any better than that! Looks like you guys are doin well. Been a long time! Funny I just posted a TBT last night of my hunt with you in 2008 on Facebook. I was just up in Idaho couple weeks ago and killed a nice buck. Mike asked me to send him the story. Give me a shout one day. Miss all that fun huntin with ya! Take care, Vinnie.
Hey Vinnie my man! Dang it has been a while! I look forward to seeing more of your bucks! I’ll tell Summer you liked her buck!
Wow! Way to go Summer! Can’t beat those fresh ‘loins on the grill either.
Luke, Congrats to you as well. And BTW, she’s a super cute deer hunter (huntress)! I have a two-year-old daughter that loves meat, fish, and shows an early interest in deer (in fact, she’s dressed up like a buck for Halloween at her daycare today. LOL!) I can only imagine how proud you are of her. Good stuff!