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Youth hunt nets first buck

I have thought for a long time the DNR’s programs for youth deer season and youth duck season have been excellent to get fathers and sons out to hunt together. This year is no exception.

This year’s youth deer season found Noah Harrison and his dad, Brad, out in the timber bright and early Saturday morning. They got into their buddy stand before 7 a.m. and got ready to hopefully see some deer. Noah is going to be spoiled because in a half hour’s time, they spotted a nice buck walking toward them.

The buck continued to walk their way, even walking underneath them. When he got about 20 yards past, Brad grunted a little. The buck stopped and looked back. Noah didn’t wait. He pulled the trigger on his 20 gauge H&R single shot and placed a well aimed shot at the buck. He ran about 25 yards and crashed.

Noah and Brad got out their stand after 10 minutes and headed for the deer. When they got to him, he had already expired. Then the impact set in. They didn’t realize how big he was. He was a big buck with nine points.

Brad then called his brother, Curt, to let him know Noah had dropped a buck and to come and help. Curt showed up along with Noah’s brother, Cade, to help drag the animal back to the truck.

Curt and Cade offered their congratulations to Noah who was still shaking. Brad told me Noah had tears of joy. “I got my first deer,” Noah said smiling. Brad said he would never forget that day because he was there with his son.

Now we have to wait until Cade gets his first deer.

• The IDNR special trout season got off to a good start Saturday with 175 - 200 fishermen taking advantage of the load of trout that was put in the Hennepin Canal Parkway lagoon. Apparently they were pretty successful, many of them getting their limit of five trout. On Sunday, there were quite a few fishermen,  but they didn’t take a count. This certainly a good program for local fishermen that like to catch trout. The DNR will do this again in April.

• Opening weekend for duck season fared pretty good. Quite a few woodies, teal, gadwalls, and mallards were harvested. Now we need a three-day blizzard in the Dakotas to send more our way.

• The Bureau County Pheasant Forever Youth hunt is this Saturday for ages 12-18. Youths will hunt behind an experience hunter and dog. Still have a few openings. Call Eric Paull at 815-646-4844.

• Next week, the PHS Sportsman’s Club plans to have an archery shoot at Time on the Water in Spring Valley.

Lee Wahlgren is the BCR outdoor columnist. Contact him at pdub52@gmail.com.

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