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Birthday Surprise

Jacky MowreyBy 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."

Jacky Mowery
Notasulga, Ala.

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