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Pride of Her Forefathers

Kaylin Peer

Girl takes first buck with great-grandfather's gift to Dad

By Terry Peer (Kaylin's Father)

I am so proud of my 11-year-old daughter!

Kaylin had been hunting with me before, but it wasn't until this past spring she began to show real interest in bagging her first deer. This 2012 season has been her first year for actually doing the shooting.

She worked hard preparing food plots, hanging stands and building blinds on our farm in Northern Kentucky. Kaylin has really taken a positive interest in the outdoors in general.

While scouting this summer, we spotted two bucks we said we'd take if we had the chance during hunting season. I managed to take one of them, a 12-pointer, early in the 2012 season. When it was time for Kaylin to hunt, she refused to shoot a couple small bucks, but she was with me when I harvested a couple does on the farm, which was good experience.

Kaylin's first deer was a doe taken in early October with a crossbow. It was a 7-yard shot with a crossbow and Rage broadhead. Now she wanted a buck. 

When rifle season arrived, we hunted from a ground blind which Kaylin had helped me build.

As we sat, a doe was bumped into view by a small 6-pointer. We watched the young buck run after the doe. Kaylin could have shot that buck, but she said she'd wait for the other one we'd picked out.

Unbelievably, soon after the doe and 6-pointer ran past, a massive 11-pointer ran in front of us, using the same path as the doe.

At first, Kaylin had trouble getting her rifle on it, but I stopped the buck with a bleat. When it halted, she shot and dropped the buck in its tracks!

I didn't assist Kaylin except to hand her the gun.  

Another special part about this hunt was that she'd shot her first buck with a Remington .270, the same rifle I used when I took my first buck. The gun was a gift from my late grandfather. I have many memories as a kid hunting with that rifle and my granddaddy. It was really awesome to have Kaylin take her first deer with it!

I hope she'll look back on this experience with fond memories, much like the ones I made while hunting in Northern Virginia as a child.

I never dreamed I'd take a 12-pointer and Kaylin would take an 11-pointer in the same season and from the same blind which we'd built together!

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