By Ed Foerstel
Deer hunters Ashley Gonzalas and T.J. Vila make their grandparents proud.
I purchased my grandson T.J. a Mossberg 100 ATR Super Bantam in May of 2010 for his sixth birthday. On weekends we went to different stands on our club for T.J. to practice.
Opening day we hunted a stand which he couldn't see over the shooting rest. Once he saw the deer he did as we practiced, he climbed on my lap and I handed him his rifle. When he was ready to shoot, he turned his head and said "plug my ears Pappy." I did and he took it off safety and shot.
T.J.'s shot was made at 70 yards. The nub buck deer fell in his tracks. Little buck killed a little buck.
Our 12-year old granddaughter Ashley (Scooter) would not be out done. She went with my wife Paula. When two does came out, my wife handed her the Remington .243 and talked her through picking out the largest one. Paula told her when she was ready to shoot. Shot was around 80 yards and the doe dropped in her tracks.
This was probably the best day in me and my wife's lives-a proud pappy and mema.