We're all familiar with the concern of declining hunter numbers, and it's certainly frustrating to watch interest dwindle across the younger generation. As hard as we try to not dwell on such a daunting issue, it's nearly impossible to ignore the reality that we don't have any realistic solution. On occasion, however, we see a young hunter like the one in today's video from Rip 'n Stik Outdoors who gives up hope for the survival of our favorite traditions. Here we see Luke, who's acting as a stander for a good ol' deer drive on opening morning in Pennsylvania. Without any hesitation, this young gun puts the crosshairs on a nice buck with his lever-action .44 Magnum, orchestrating a sequence we all dreamt about when we were his age. The drive begins to take shape around the 6-minute mark.
Is it just us, or did this kid have ice water running in his veins? That 8-pointer was on the move and wasn't going to slow for anything. Yet Luke did not hesitate, and he managed to put three rounds on that buck in rapid succession. That buck wasn't escaping today. This was a drive worked out to perfection and it shows why .44 Magnum is a preferred round for deer drives. It's a great, all-around brush gun.
We still can't get over the "no big deal" type of reaction this kid had after this hunt. We don't know about you, but we were shaking like a leaf our first few deer hunts where we finally got a shot off! This kid is going to kill a lot of big deer in his career if he can keep that cool demeanor every time a nice buck strolls into shooting range.
Congrats Luke on some great shooting and a great buck. Videos like this give us hope that the future of hunting in still in good hands!
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