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A 13 Year Old’s First Whitetail Deer Kill

December 1969, Eason Lake Hunting Club, Angelina County, Texas. I was 13 years old; my 1st whitetail deer season to hunt alone. Whitetail deer season in the piney woods of East Texas in 1969 was not just a family event, it was a community event and almost everyone hunted. Our family was typical and belonged to Eason Lake Hunting Club, bounded on the west side by the Neches River and owned by a local timber company. Almost the entire 2200 acres was considered in the Neches river bottom, a mixture of pine and hardwood. Deer season was king with squirrel a close second. There was a smattering of hogs, absolutely no turkey, but a ton of armadillo. If you have never eaten a young armadillo, you don’t know what you are missing.

2200 acres and over 40 “stands”. Everyone had his or her favorite. Mine was #39. Most everyone hunted out of ground blinds called “houses”. They were built out of 2 X 4’s and corrugated tin. Great for keeping you dry and out of the wind, but a tad noisy. I was hunting out of # 39 that morning and saw a bunch of squirrels, several armadillo, and 2 doe. We had no doe season. A legal deer had to have a forked horn. By mid morning I was cold and bored, so I decided to get out and scout a bit. You really couldn’t go too far as the stands were only a couple hundred yards apart in this area. About 40 yards away from the house, under a low hanging oak limb I found what I only hoped to find, a 3ft by 4 ft oval shaped area cleared of most leaves and debris, a fresh scrape. I know it was fresh, cause I bent over and smelled it. Yep, fresh alright. The smell got me as excited as a big old buck in rut! It was time for pick up, so I rushed out to the dirt road in time to meet my mom, dad and brother Rick in our old Willys jeep. I talked so fast they had to tell me to slow down. I quickly explained what I found and my plan to hunt the scrape that afternoon. Have I told you how excited I was!

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I have to tell you, I have never written a blog. In fact, I really wasn’t sure what a “blog” was till we decided to update our site and really try to connect with people. Over the last several months I have read a ton of blogs and researched the most popular hunting, fishing and outdoor blogs around. There are all different kinds: technical blogs, photo blogs, video blogs, advertising blogs, story blogs, political blogs and philosophical blogs.

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