posted on February 24, 2013 13:28
By Mike Handley
When Laura Fischer answered her phone on the morning of Sept. 8, she didn't expect to hear her 9-year-old son's voice.
"Boo-yah's dead!" squeaked Cade, her youngest.
"Really?" she asked, doubtful, fully aware that the men in her life possess a peculiar sense of humor.
"Really," came the confirmation.
"REALLY?" she asked again, her tone implying a raised eyebrow.
"REALLY!" they replied - they being Cade and his father, Ryan.
"The whole really-really thing has become a regular catchphrase with us, sort of a comedy routine," she laughed.
"So it took me a minute to realize they weren't joking."
From the get-go, however, Laura knew exactly what "Boo-yah's dead" meant: the demise of a buck she knew all too well from trail camera photographs. She'd even seen the distinctive animal once on the hoof from behind the wheel of her vehicle.
The Fischers have two sons, Cade and 11-year-old Caleb, both smitten with deer hunting. Caleb has shot two great bucks, the biggest a 174-incher from their own 80 acres in 2011, which is why his little brother had dibs on the first buck during the 2012 youth season.
When the nine-day season opened that Saturday, Ryan and Cade were sitting on stools inside a ground blind that resembles a hay bale on Laura's parents' 40 acres near Williamsburg, Kan.
The first deer they saw was a doe, and then they spotted three bucks about 500 yards distant. Ryan couldn't tell much about them because he'd left his binoculars at home. But as soon as Cade looked at them through his riflescope and saw a drop tine, he realized immediately that one of the bucks was Boo-yah.
The bucks eventually came to within 50 yards of the blind, and that's when Cade squeezed his rifle's trigger.
Ryan thought his son had missed, at first, because he was looking at the wrong deer. But Cade insisted he hadn't. Dad's 15 minutes of concern was needless, however, because the buck was lying just 20 yards from where the bullet stung it.
Cade's was one of several jaw-dropping Kansas bucks taken during the youth season. His tallies 202 3/8 on the BTR scale (spread included). You can read the rest of his story in RACK magazine this fall.