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The Moment I Become Hooked

“One more step” I heard Jade, my very first hunting mentor, whisper into my ear. “Now another…stop! He’s looking right at us. Just stay calm we will wait for him to look away.” Stay calm, what a statement laced with irony. At this moment, nothing short of a liberal dose of morphine would have been enough to calm me down. My heart was racing, the adrenaline was circulating through my blood stream and my heart was beating out of my chest. “Ok, we are twenty yards away. Draw.” At that command I slowly applied pressure to the string of my Mathews FX and it easily slid into position. The next command: “wait for him to turn broadside.” Those were the longest 45 seconds of my life. It seemed as if time was playing with me, daring me, seeing if I had what it takes to make the perfect shot. However, I had practiced for months for this moment, and nothing would stop me. I would have held on draw for eternity if it was necessary. The feeling of my very first hunt induced an adrenaline rush I’m sure made holding that bow at full draw a lot easier. Finally the beautiful Corsican ram turned broadside and I let my arrow fly. For me, the arrow travelled in slow motion until finally meeting its mark right behind the shoulder. The ram ran a short distance, and then dropped in sight. I felt as if I were about to collapse or could run a marathon, all at the same time. “Great shot!” I heard my Dad and Jade yelling at me. I finally snapped back into reality, and eagerly accepted the plethora of high fives and hearty slaps on the back that followed. It was my first kill but more importantly, it was a clean kill, with the broadhead-tipped arrow easily passing through the ram’s heart and out the other side. After a short wait we walked up to my trophy and took the first of many pictures that would follow in the upcoming years. It was official, I was hooked.

8 comments (Add your own)

1. Harolda wrote:
man, this CHICK has a deer and I don't, what the hell is wrong with me? I guess it takes tact all around. If you have luck or sceucss, don't rub other people's noses in it, regardless of who you or they are. However, I'm sure there is a little more sensitivity on behalf of the men when a woman is doing something they can't do.When my brothers were coming up we were a wrestling family. My dad was at the top of the heap of sports dads. Later we found out that he had really pressured my youngest brother too much and he stayed in the sport way past it being fun for him, just because he couldn't tell my dad he wanted out. hahaha!Anyway, when they were little, sometimes the young girls wanted to try their hand and they were allowed because we didn't have a girl's program for them and they couldn't be barred from the sport due to sex. My dad was so PISSED. He was old school like that, a bubba when it came to that stuff. He used to say well, what's that gonna do for the guy who has to wrestle her? If he wins, he beat a girl, big deal.If he loses, he got beat by a girl, BIG DEAL!I don't agree with this at all but that is typical opinion of a lot of men these days, particularly today's teen athlete's GRANDPAS who want to support their grandkids but just don't see why they have to go changing all the rules just to let some GIRL play a BOY's game.-B

Sat, April 21, 2012 @ 10:17 PM

2. Pilar wrote:
All the people who are anirewsng this question and aren't a hunter and are nothing but a treehuging hippies should just shut there mouthsAnyway .. what it is, it that a guy gets upset when a woman gets a bigger buck or fills their tag before he does. Its a male chauvinist thing. And i bet all the other guys at the table give him grief because she filled her tag but he couldn't.Personally i like a woman that hunts. That is another thing that we could do together. But some men may not like it because they are trying to get away from their home life. if you like it don't worry about close minded men that want a women to clean the deer and not hunt them.-B

Tue, April 24, 2012 @ 12:21 AM

3. Hayatlove wrote:
I am 1000% in favor of women hunting and shiotong, any time any place you wont to talk hunting you can talk to me.We have women game wardens here in Oklahoma and the one that I bump in to with her side arm on , she so hot she never haves to walk on wet ground it dry to quick as this lady approach.Ladies and guns do mix.I look at it like this, if you’re a hunter you cant be against hunting true!Hunting and Reloading for more years then I wish to count, and still going.

Sat, July 14, 2012 @ 5:06 AM

4. Alley wrote:
Sounds like that guy is turning deer hitunng into a competition and has serious issues. He should learn to be happy for others, male or female, or stay at home. There are men who are good to hunt with and men who you don't want to hunt with. The same is true for women. Just like how annoying people come in every color. I would think that men would like to choose hitunng partners based on the individual, and not on anatomy.-B

Sat, July 14, 2012 @ 9:55 AM

5. mddhuk wrote:
OuxzXA bvmmiecxbiej

Sat, July 14, 2012 @ 7:20 PM

6. Bedoy wrote:
It largely dedneps on that you're hunting, where you're hunting, how long you'll be hunting, and what time of year you'll be out. Gear for a spring turkey hunt is very different from a deer hunt tomorrow morning.I hunt on private land that has urban sprawl all around. From my one tree stand I can see the highway. And I'm never more than a mile from my car. So for me, survival gear holds less of an importance than water, a snack, weather-appropriate gloves and headgear, whatever calls/scents I need, and a drag rope.

Sat, July 14, 2012 @ 7:21 PM

7. Magomed wrote:
Just back again putting in my two cents worth.It seem i have a hunnitg story for every thing i guess. It was about twenty years ago ,a hunnitg buddy and his girl freind all went hunnitg with me . Back then you did not see many women hunnitg . We all got in my truck in the morning early. ,I was surprized to see the little gal packing such big gun . I think it was a 303 british army sporter enfeild . Off we went down the logging , when we stopped the truck to take a pee , When me and buddy were out of hearing range ,I ask him can his girlfreind shoot that big gun , his reply was I dont know .Well off we went down the road again. All of sudden here runs some doe deer across the road and a very big 5 5 whitetail buck. my coffee hit the floor along with its container,I got my truck stopped .My buddy I and hopping around getting buck fever bad ,yet the little Gal remained comm and in collected mamer went to side and ahead of the truck put a bullet quickly into here gun and shot the buck, down it went . Well we were, some what shocked my buddy and I . So asked the Gal , did she get nervous. no she said , no time too. But I do feel like I,m going to puke now , after a minute our two she was ok. Off we went to see the downed buck ,125 yards later at here buck , the buck took the bullet right behind shoulder great shot . She said, that this was here first buck ,so I ask were she learned to shot like that .She said here grandfather taught her on his farm shooting tin cans ,were as she pulled out a knife ask for help gutting the deer.Granpa told me you got to clean your own game please give me a hand. Well I tell youI have seen alot things ,but she was something ,the little lady with the big gun! My Buddy did marry her ,and there still out there hunnitg every year. Ha Ha .

Fri, September 21, 2012 @ 6:03 PM

8. Leanne wrote:
I want to thank everyone for the postiive comments on my locked bucks I shot!! I wish everyone the best of luck in the future and yes I think this will be very hard to beat. I have hunted even harder after I shot these monsters this season and still have yet to see a monster like this one..Thanks again and wish everyone the best. I will have the bucks at the iowa classic in Des Moines at the end of Febuary if you want to see them in person, Thanks, Jim.

Sat, September 22, 2012 @ 9:21 AM

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