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"Mentored Youth" program
« on: October 14, 2013, 09:08:34 AM »

After being envious of other father's pics on here, I've been waiting two years to make this post. And have my opinions on the other post about this. Some great points made, and other's I don't agree with.
With the exception of the small percent of idiots who will take advantage, it is nothing but good. The opportunity to get kids out there and hooked on the outdoors, with all the other influences this day in age, is a good thing. My son started hunting last year at the age of 10. A 7mm-08 is plenty gun for Whitetail and limited recoil for that age. We got busted on a nice 8pt last year in youth season, but he got a taste of "Buck Fever" and that helped build the excitement.
He shoots his bow regularly with me, and at 11 now, poundage in the mid 40's and consistent groups gave me the confidence to get him in a tree. I explained the tagging options to him, and let him decide. He opted for the "Combo" on his own, knowing the ethics we preach at camp. He had to watch a nice four point within 15 yds two weekends in a row and let him walk. I think he has learned more life lessons in the bush this month alone, than he'll get this year in school.
Fast Forward..Friday night we had a 6pt in front of us, with an 8pt reluctantly in tow in the stiff SSE wind. He had to decide on a chip shot at the 6pt, or wait out the 8. Fortunately the 8 got to within 20yds before making the turn to get outta dodge. He paused for a few seconds to look back at the 6pt, this proved to be his demise. Before I could tell the boy to make his move, he was at full draw. I tried to control MY breathing, crossed my fingers, and let out a sigh of relief as he put a Rage in the Cage!
I made him wait for what he say's were the "longest two hours of his life". A short 60yds later, he was piled up.
Needless to say, he is hooked and I know where he wants to spend his weekends now.
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Jeff Branam


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Re: "Mentored Youth" program
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2013, 09:21:46 AM »

Awesome!!!!!!   :rock:
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Re: "Mentored Youth" program
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2013, 09:52:34 AM »

Congrats Jeff and a BIG congrats to the lad on a dandy buck! Good to see there are some awesome dads out there. :thmb:

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Re: "Mentored Youth" program
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2013, 09:59:17 AM »

Awsome job Guys!!!  Way to get him hooked!!!! :thmb:
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Re: "Mentored Youth" program
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2013, 10:24:50 AM »

Great job guys!! AWESOME!!
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Re: "Mentored Youth" program
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2013, 12:14:22 PM »

Great Job Jeff and Future Big Buck Hunter :dance:
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Re: "Mentored Youth" program
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2013, 12:48:30 PM »

Nothing like it! Congrats!
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Re: "Mentored Youth" program
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2013, 01:22:11 PM »

Great job Jeff, nice deer, great job mentoring him. Yes, he will be hooked for life.
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Re: "Mentored Youth" program
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2013, 04:56:47 PM »

Way to go Jeff and Ashton!!!  Job very well done!   :thmb:
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Re: "Mentored Youth" program
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2013, 06:58:53 PM »

Man what a great story.  Congrats to the boy and a father full of pride.  Has he had his first steak out of his buck yet? 
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Re: "Mentored Youth" program
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2013, 07:39:48 PM »

What a great write up.  Congrats on the harvest!
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Re: "Mentored Youth" program
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2013, 08:17:33 PM »

Congrats ashton, great job jeff!!!
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Re: "Mentored Youth" program
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2013, 08:54:58 PM »

Regardless of the "other" post Jeff, it's obvious you're doing a super job with that young man.  Kudos to you both!
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« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2013, 09:20:35 PM »

Hell of a nice buck for the first deer, congrats to your son and also to you for passing on a tradition that is getting lost to things like video games and the like. You both look very happy!! Awesome work.
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Re: "Mentored Youth" program
« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2013, 09:48:24 PM »

Thanks guys! I've been fortunate enough to tag a couple myself, but none were as sweet as this one. A day that I'll never forget for sure.
Chum, We had a backstrap on the grill for all the guys at camp the following night. Best Venny I ever cooked!
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