December 05 at 11:42am
On December 1st, 2018 @ 0545 my daughter (Alexis Norman) and I (Joshua Norman) set out on a hot morning to get her first deer. Dreading the mosquitos, I was sure to bring my Thermacell as we had on light clothes. So with her Savage .243 on her shoulder we walked about 500 ft to the stand and climbed in. Sitting there, in the heat as the sun rose, I really wasn't expecting to see anything. At 0740, we saw a head peeking out of the woods. As I looked at my daughter, I said 'deer'. She picked up her rifle, stuck the barrel out the window and looked through the scope. She looked at me with amazement and said 'it's a buck' and I replied 'aim for the spot, control your breathing and squeeze'. (As I had already seen how nice he was, I was the impatient one and actually believe she was calmer than me. lol.) With the perfect broadside view at 50 yds, she fired. At first, we thought she missed due to him raising his tail and calmly hopping into the woods. There wasn't any blood, hair or indication that he was hit. I searched for about an hour, back and forth on different trails as there were too many to count. My gut was telling me to continue looking so I went in one last time as Alexis stood in the lane thinking she missed. This ended up being the correct trail. I found him laying about 35 ft in the woods. As I know Alexis is really believing she missed, I knew how much of a surprise this would be when I dragged him out. So I grabbed his back legs and started dragging. Underestimating the weight, 195 pounds, I fell right on my bottom. Manning up, I grabbed again and this time he was coming with me. Alexis saw me coming out the woods dragging something. She looked with confusion and disbelief as she started asking me 'Did I do that? Did I do that?'. My answer was 'Yes, you sure did and you just made me the proudest father on earth'. He ended up being an 8 point with 17' inside spread and 21' main beam length which is a really nice deer for the area we hunt. Winn Parish.