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Old December 31, 2012, 12:29 AM   #1
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My 9 year old son's first deer and he used a .223 AR

Prior to today, my son had gone hunting six different times and never seen a deer. Today was his last chance for this season and he went even though the temperature was in the thirties.

Persistence paid off, this buck came from behind us, walked close to the side of the tent, and drank out of a creek 5 -7 yards right in front of us.

At this point my son was not ready to shoot because he got tickled (nervous?) and was covering his mouth trying not to laugh, but still made a couple of noises that the deer heard; thank God the deer didn't spook & run off.

Finally my son got himself together and when the deer turned broadside at 5 - 7 yards and began to walk away he shot.

The buck ran about 100 yards, but wasn't really too hard to find; the bullet had taken out one lung and the liver.

Dad and son were both very excited.

Rifle is a Windham SRC .223 with Bushnell TRS Red Dot.
Bullet was my handload, a 60 gr. Nosler Partition at just over 2,800 fps.

Why a .223 AR? The semiauto action dampens recoil and the adjustable stock can properly fit small stature shooters.
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Old December 31, 2012, 12:44 AM   #2
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Nosler Partitions are great.

Congratulations to your son.
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Old December 31, 2012, 08:32 AM   #3
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Why a .223 AR? The semiauto action dampens recoil and the adjustable stock can properly fit small stature shooters.
And that is why I've gone to ARs for my kids' primary hunting rifles.

Great pic and great story. Getting the giggles... That's a new one!
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Old December 31, 2012, 09:36 AM   #4
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When he gets of age to take Firearms Safety, You Sir, should also attend.
That picture tells why.
Another thing about semi auto's, and i bring that up because it's happened.
The young shooter's can have trouble holding on and if the rifle gets away from them after a shot, its just like dropping it before the shot is taken except always worse, the safety is off and its loaded and ready to go.
Although you can singularly load any rifle for safety sake.

And congratulations to the young hunter!
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Old December 31, 2012, 09:49 AM   #5
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Very cool but the firearm placement in that picture is horrendous.
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Old December 31, 2012, 09:51 AM   #6
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I noticed the position rifle first thing when I looked at the picture later.

I thought about setting the deer up in our back yard and taking another picture, but decided to keep the "in the feld pic".

I had unloaded the rifle after the deer was located and confirmed dead.

As far as the rifle "getting away from him", the rifle was rested on a tri-pod; it wasn't going anywhere.

We had many practice sessions over the spring, summer, fall.
I made a dummy round that would feed into the rifle after the first shot so he could safely practice getting finger off triger & putting the safety back on.

Critique my lack of not noticing the muzzle on an unloaded rifle during a photo, but please stop there.
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Old December 31, 2012, 10:05 AM   #7
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We had many practice sessions over the spring, summer, fall.
I made a dummy round that would feed into the rifle after the first shot so he could safely practice getting finger off triger & putting the safety back on.
That Dummy as a follower sounds like a very good practice!
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I had unloaded the rifle after the deer was located and confirmed dead.
No such thing as.........................................................
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Old December 31, 2012, 02:10 PM   #8
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Congrats to your son - he'll remember it forever!
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Old December 31, 2012, 02:19 PM   #9
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Congratulations to Dad and Son. How old is that boy of yours? We've had the most aweful season ever here. I'm glad it's over today. PS= I don't care where you put a gun in a picture, as long as it was empty.

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Old December 31, 2012, 02:34 PM   #10
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The young shooter's can have trouble holding on and if the rifle gets away from them after a shot, its just like dropping it before the shot is taken except always worse, the safety is off and its loaded and ready to go.
An Ar in .223 ain't getting away from nobody, even from a boy of small stature in the picture. I have never heard of anyone having trouble holding on to one either. There is a reason it is the most popular rifle in America today. Its one of the easiest for anyone to shoot.
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Old December 31, 2012, 03:12 PM   #11
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Big ol' swamp donkey! Let your son know im jealous, I have 11 years on him and still no antlers. Very impressive first deer in my opinion.
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Old December 31, 2012, 03:17 PM   #12
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Thanks for the replies, he will enjoy reading them and seeing himself on the internet.
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Old December 31, 2012, 05:04 PM   #13
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Good job, love to see our rights passed on to the next generation.
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Old December 31, 2012, 06:04 PM   #14
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If that don't put a smile on an outdoorsman's face nothing will.

Congrats to a fine young hunter and a proud daddy.
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Old December 31, 2012, 07:06 PM   #15
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Congrats

Well done father and son! Good looking animal and a great experience for your son!
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Old December 31, 2012, 07:53 PM   #16
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Congratulations on a very nice buck with a very adequate rifle and bullet. Can't wait to see pictures of next years deer. Keep up your fine training.
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Old December 31, 2012, 07:55 PM   #17
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Congradulations to a nice looking young fella, job well done.
Makes me think of my oldest grandson when he was that age.
He also took his first deer with an AR when he was 9 years old.

Congradulations to dad for taking the time to make this hunt happen, again job well done.
You both will have memories to share, thanks for sharing the story with us.

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Old December 31, 2012, 08:44 PM   #18
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I can see the young lads face is just beaming. (And that's all that counts.)

Again Congratulations there Young Feller. You did OK. Next year you'll have to take the pictures.> And have your dad do the nealing._


P. Script: CDW4ME thanks for sharing his event with us. Appreciate it.

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Old January 1, 2013, 09:27 AM   #19
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Congrats man. "If you take a child hunting and fishing, you'll never have to hunt them down to go fishing"..... This rings true at my house....
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Old January 1, 2013, 12:14 PM   #20
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Congrats to the young man! Hopefully that will be the beginning of a deer slayer's long career.
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Old January 1, 2013, 03:57 PM   #21
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Great story. Memories you and your son will cherish for a lifetime.
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Old January 1, 2013, 07:54 PM   #22
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Wait a minute .......Hold the horses!

I have heard several politicians (they are always accurate) state that an AR offers no hunting value. I'm confused......You must be fibbing. What did he REALLY shoot that fine deer with?
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Old January 1, 2013, 11:11 PM   #23
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Thank you so much for sharing. Awesome first deer! I was in my late teens before I shot a racked buck. He's starting it off right. Sounds like you are doing all the right things by him. Can't wait to get my son started but he's just 4. A lot of the best memories with my dad and grandpa were in the field. To me there is no better quality time than sitting in a deer stand with your dad or grandpa or mentor. I got to be a part of a 14 year old girl shooting her first deer with her dad on my families land last year. I had taken them out and put them in one of my best spots and I'll be dangled if she didn't kill the biggest buck of the year. A 135 inch 8 pt. they were both in tears when I got on the scene. What an awesome right we have to get out there and enjoy nature with our families.

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Old January 2, 2013, 08:47 AM   #24
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Isn't it amazing how "fulfilling" it is to sit next to a son, daughter, wife, granpa etc. when they shoot a deer, way better than shooting deer yourself. Tell your son congratulations.
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Old January 3, 2013, 02:30 AM   #25
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