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    Boolit Master

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    How Old Were You When You Got Your First Deer

    When I started to hunt deer at the age of 16, there were not very many around.
    I did not get my first deer until I was 24.
    Last edited by Hickory; 11-07-2011 at 08:31 AM.
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    Boolit Man

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    Appleton, WI
    Started deer hunting at 15. Tagged first one at 16, a small 8 pt.
    20 ga shotgun slug from my 870
    Last edited by jaydub in wi; 10-28-2012 at 09:15 AM.

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    Boolit Buddy
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    Cant remember for sure my exact age. But according to stories told in the family I think I shot my first rabbit when I was six. The first deer I shot would have been a red deer.

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    Boolit Master

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    Jun 2007
    East TN Mountains...Thanks be to God!
    31. Yup started late.
    You can miss fast & you can miss a lot, but only hits count.

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    Boolit Master

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    Asheville, NC
    hunted for 10yrs, and finally got one when I was 31 yrs old.
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    NW Ohio
    I got one my first year out at 14

    Season was Fri & Sat buck only localy and there were not many around

    But I had a new 12 gau shotgun with a slug barrel that I paid for with trapping $$

    I bought 2 boxs of slugs and used 2 to sight it in

    I sat on the fence row between our corn feild and the neibors woods
    A small 5 point walked up and looked at me
    At 10' I got it

    Took 4 more years to get the next one

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    Boolit Master yancey's Avatar
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    May 2009
    N.W Georgia
    I Started hunting at age 15 and got my first deer with a Japanese paratrooper 7.7 at age 17.
    " Man does time fly" Thats was 34 years ago.

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    Boolit Master Stick_man's Avatar
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    Mar 2009
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I got my first during my second year hunting deer. At that time you couldn't hunt big game until age 16, so I was 17. Nice big mulie 6x8, 27" wide, 23" tall. It weighed just over 230 lbs with the internals removed. Took him at just over 250 yrds with my dad's .303 British.

    Had it been 1" wider or taller, it would have won me a new .30-30 in the high-school big buck contest. As it turned out, that 1 inch was the difference between 1st place and 4th place, so I even missed out on the 3rd place binoculars.

    Kicked this big boy out of a flock of sheep. As soon as I got him down, saw 3 others hiding in there that were bigger than he was. I guess they figure they are pretty safe hanging around sheep.

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    Boolit Master Harter66's Avatar
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    90 miles North of Texarkana 9 miles from OK in the green hell
    I was 14 my 3rd season . He was a real nice 4x4 mulie . Its been 6-7 yr since I took the last 1. I only get in the lottery about every other yr or so .
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    Boolit Master

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    South Western Indiana
    I don't remember exactly what year I got my first deer, but I do remember the day I saw my first deer track. Dad was working the bottoms and shut the John Deere down running to the house. We thought something was wrong, but Dad had found the first set of deer tracks on the farm. That would be in April 50 years ago this year.
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    Boolit Master
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    Vancouver Island
    I cheated when I voted. When I was 18, deer were hard to find where I lived, so I ended up shooting a moose. A moose is just a big deer, right?

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    Boolit Master

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    munising Michigan
    Ill say 14 because thats was the legal age limit in MI at the time but most 14 year olds were about a foot taller then me if that gives you any idea.
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    SW Oregon
    I was 12 when I got my first deer.
    I shot it with my grandpas Winchester 92 Carbine in 25-20.
    That was in 1954....dale

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    565.5 miles E.of Wall Drug
    can't tell you my exact age when I got it
    been huntin deer for 47 years
    but I can sure tell you where the deer was
    the weather the gun and so on
    funny how that works
    Last edited by white eagle; 11-13-2017 at 11:53 AM.
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    Boolit Master
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    northern Minn. in the boonies
    I started at about 14 with my dad in a group of adults who drove hunted exclusively. Finally got my first at 26 as a stand hunter. I have never done anything but stand hunting since. I prefer to get up close an personal. And use 100% humane kill shots.
    personal opinion- I find it a sad commentary when you look at a hunt by the # of boxes of shells you used versus the shell that you used.

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    North Central Arkansas

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    Quote Originally Posted by EMC45 View Post
    31. Yup started late.
    Me too! Wern't any firearms in our household when I was growing up!! Even though my Grandfather was a Cop and my father was a Turret Gunner in a B-24 in WW II, I never handled a gun till I was 18 when I bought my first (Win M-12) shotgun. Since then, I have more than made up for lost time.

    My first deer was taken with a bow and was a button buck, I mistook for a doe. Didn't start gun hunting till a year or so later. Was hunting in Michigan's Thumb Area which, at the time, was shotgun and or muzzleloader only. Couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with the M-12 and slugs so I bought a LH 50 cal. Tenn. Mtn. Rifle from Dixie Gun Works. Harvested my first gun kill with a round ball. Deer went 50 yds and the round ball was recovered just under the skin on the off side and looked like a cork screw.

    Since then I still prefer the bow. The weather is much better and the season is longer. Now a days, I don't care if I'm successful, I just enjoy being out in the woods!


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    Land of 10,000 Lakes
    I was 16 when I started hunting Deer with my Dad.
    thirty years have gone by, I think I've bought 9 or 10 tags
    I still have never shot a deer.

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    I was 15, shot a half rack whitetail in Michigan on my parents property with my bow. I shot several more out of that tree, after a couple of years than I moved 100 yards away to another tree where I took 3 bucks and a doe and my brother took his first 2 deer with his bow a buck and a doe in the matter of 3 years.
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    Quilcene, Washington
    I was sixteen. I was backpacked with a friend into what is now the condor refuge above Ojai California. We were admiring the view from the mountaintop just above the fog when there he was at the bottom of the cliff, a forkie. Carried him out whole (but gutted) on a post between our backpacks six miles back to the Volkswagon bug.

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    Grew up in SW Michigan where there was no deer hunting. When I was 15 (1966) was walking home from the Paw Paw River (Riverside) at sundown with my Remington 514 when 3 does came up on the RR embankment where I was at about 25 feet. I leveled the 514 at the base of the ear of the largest doe, flicked off the safety and realised I did not need another run in with the constable. So I said "Bang" out loud and the 3 does walked away. Never went deer hunting till 1989 when we lived in Indiana near Perrysville after our 1st time down here in Peru. Sitting up in a maple with a caliber.58 Zuoave (Navy Arms) popped a doe at 10 yards. Shot alot of deer with that .58. Next time up north there (1994) a very kind feller in Illinois gave my his old Bear#45 recurve. Been recurving corn crunchers ever since with the occasional revolver interlude thrown in.
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