74-Year-Old Man Gets His First Whitetail

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

How Old Were You When You Got Your First Deer?

Deer hunting is a storied tradition. It’s a heritage for both men and women and the old and young. It’s something everyone can enjoy. And anyone can take steps to enjoy it on whatever scale they choose.

That’s why I was super excited to hear my grandfather-in-law say he wanted to go deer hunting. See, I married into a family of non-hunters. In the beginning — I couldn’t really talk deer hunting with any of my in-laws. They didn’t have an interest in it, so I chose not to bore them with it. Then I gradually started to realize they did have an interest in the tradition deer hunting offers. So the conversations began and the rest is history.

The Beginning

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1 | The Beginning

My wife was the first to show an interest in going deer hunting. My father-in-law was really interested, too, and was the first of my in-laws to get his first deer. Then, my wife killed a deer, too. That left my grandfather-in-law and sister-in-law. Enter the 2017 deer season.

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Working Up to It

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2 | Working Up to It

My grandfather-in-law, Guy Cole, isn’t totally a new hunter. He’s been a small game hunter most of his life. That said, he’d never decided to go all-in and chase America’s most popular big game animal — the white-tailed deer. However, that recently changed, and him, my father-in-law and myself started setting up a small tract of land to deer hunt. Interestingly enough, it was adjacent to the property where he was born and raised on. Talk about heritage and traditions. This story has both.

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The Hunt

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3 | The Hunt

First off, yes that’s a corn pile. It’s legal to bait on private land in Kentucky and my in-laws chose to do so. My view — if it’s legal, ethical and done correctly (that’s a discussion way too long for this post), then go for it.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s dig into what truly matters — the hunt. I was honored to be able to sit in the stand and capture his first deer harvest on camera. He hunted like a seasoned pro. And the excitement on his face when the deer entered the clearing was obvious.

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Blood Trailing

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4 | Blood Trailing

As the deer closed in, he drew down on the lead doe and pulled the trigger. The deer bucked and took off on a death run. It didn’t take long until the sound of crashing leaves stopped. We assumed the deer was down.

After giving the deer some time, we took up the blood trail and began the search. The track was a short one, though. And it didn’t take long until he had hands on his first deer.

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A New Deer Hunter

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5 | A New Deer Hunter

The pure enjoyment on his face and in his voice was obvious. Guy experienced an incredible for deer harvest. And he really cherished the hunt. As you can see in the video above, he gets it. He understands the reasons for the hunt. And I’m sure he’ll be back out in the field again next season.

As hunters, we have to continue interesting new people to our way of life. We have to pass it on. It’s the only way the hunting heritage will survive.

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