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Tales from the Timber: Gift from God

June 29, 2010 at 01:59 AM

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of LaSalle gun hunter Zach Faber is the story of his hunt for an 11-point buck.

Nov. 20 of 2004 was the first time I got to bring my gun with a chance at taking a deer. I was 10 years old at the time and had gone many times before but just watched my grandpa.

It was a cold morning sitting in my tree stand along side my grandpa on the other side of the tree in his stand. About an hour into the morning, the deer started flowing on in. A small pack of about 4 does about a 100 yards away were the first to count for the day.

About 5 minutes later a 6-pointer walked on in following the does trails. He walked over between two trees and bedded down between two trees. My grandpa told me to take the 6-pointer. As the buck began to stand up I aimed my gun.

Then, suddenly, my grandpa told me to stop. I was confused at the moment until he told me to look left.

There to the left was a huge buck, an 11-pointer that was running right to me.

Immediatley, my heart began to race, and then buck fever set in!

My grandpa asked me if I wanted to take him. Of course I said yes.

The buck came and was 15 yards away. I aimed and fired. My body became warm and my heart was going crazy. It was almost like it was meant to be.

We waited about 20 minutes after my grandpa called the others hunting at the timber about the monster. We climbed down from our stands and made our way, less than a minute we were on the blood trail. Not even 20 yards away there he lay, my monster buck.

It was a perfect shot. My first buck was laying there, I was in shock for a couple minutes. That day was one of the best days of my life. I cherish every moment of hunting.

I also got my buck mounted. I am 15 now and I look back on this great day as a gift from God.

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CONGRATS on a great buck bud! Memories to last a lifetime!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/29 at 09:51 AM

Way to go, kid.  Welcome to the club!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/29 at 10:04 AM

awsome first buck

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/29 at 04:15 PM

Well done, great article too Zach!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/30 at 11:55 AM

Great buck and a great story Zach. It’s cool to hear you reflect on this hunt 5 years later, at the age of 15. If you are anything like me, that hunt will grow more memorable as the years go by.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/30 at 10:33 PM

Thank you everyone!

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