By Jacky Mowrey
-- I've been hunting ever since I was a young pup. A couple of decades prior to the 2008 season, I'd seen only one "dwarf deer." A friend's wife shot it.
I had the pleasure of shooting my own on my 49th birthday: Jan. 8, 2009.
I was hunting behind my father's house in Tallapoosa County, Ala., a piece of land I hunt every year. It was a cool afternoon. With just enough daylight left to constitute legal shooting hours - I heard something coming toward me.
I thought the animal was a billy goat, at first, because it was short and had a lot of white on it. But then I saw its head and antlers. I thought to myself, "That's not a goat … That's a dwarf buck."
I centered the crosshairs over the goat-deer's shoulder, squeezed the trigger, and down it went. I got out of my shooting house and walked toward this odd little thing and couldn't believe my eyes when I got an up-close view of its 7-point rack.
What a birthday present! I couldn't wait to get home and show my wife. Her reaction was, "Awwww, ain't he cute with that little rack on his head. He's the same size as our dog."
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