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Father-daughter hunt ends in a smile and meat in the freezer

The last day of deer season dawned a bit chilly, but it did nothing to cut into the excitement of young Casey Sanders. She was in her father’s truck, headed to a piece of property he hunts with family and friends. The duo was taking part in a few man drives for deer on a local property and they were hopeful that Casey would be able to be with her dad when he tagged a deer.

They did not have to wait long. On the first drive Jason Sanders and his daughter selected a stand between her Uncle Gary and Uncle Monty. The man drive began and within a few minutes a doe ran up and stopped in a clear lane of fire 30 yards out. Sanders took quick aim before the deer ran off and pulled the trigger. The deer fell on the spot. Sanders was elated.
“It was really cool to have Casey with me when I took that deer,” he said. “She has been hunting with me for about a year and a half now and manages to sit pretty still for an hour or two at a time. Working her into a man drive for deer was a good deal for her because we could move around a lot more and she kept her focus better.”
When the empty shell plopped on the ground at Casey’s feet she was quick to grab it and proclaim, “I am going to keep this forever!”
After they posed for a quick picture they sent it around to friends and celebrated the hunt. A call to her mother, Candice, gave Casey a chance to tell her story of the “big hunt” and she did so with great excitement. Casey loves to eat venison and the success of the morning made her even more excited.
Casey has always fished with her mother and father. Her mother, Candice, fishes regularly with Jason and participates in bass tournaments with him. Casey is already following suit. She particularly enjoys crappie angling.
After the morning deer drives, the pair fueled up with some food at Bo’s Cafe before heading to another piece of property to hunt. Little Casey stuck it out all day long on that last day of the season. No doubt she will remember that first deer with her father for a very long time. It won’t be long before she is able to take her own deer. It is encouraging to hear of so many young kids enjoying the outdoors with their parents. Furthermore it is nice to hear of more parents spending time with their kids these days.
Look for a future article on how many more young women are taking up hunting and fishing these days.

Mark Fike

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