Despite the notion that hunting is losing in its recruitment effort, particularly among the younger generation of prospects, every once in a while, we're lucky enough to see those magical moments that first seized each of us deep in the deer woods. The following clip, which comes from whitcombswhitetails, shows Merissa Whicomb striking gold with a compound bow, and reinforcing the fact that we all could use a step away from the gloom and doom surrounding every layer of our rapidly evolving society. One of the most joyful young hunters we've seen in some time, Whitcomb proves she's not only received an exceptional level of hunting education, but that she has also mastered the one facet of her game that just about every hunter struggles with the most: discipline.
When a young buck shows up, her shot from her tiny purple bow drops him within sight of the father and daughter's treestand.
Watch the video below:
What an awesome hunt! It's hard to believe this was this little girl's first buck. She handled the scenario like a seasoned pro until the buck went down. Her hands were shaking like a leaf around the 3:28 mark if you were watching closely. We know the feeling, and it's probably safe to say she's hooked for life after a hunt like that!
Kudos to Merissa for harvesting her first buck ever using a more complex method of hunting—most people take their first deer using a firearm. We're not sure if this was her goal all along, but she spent a lot of time in the backyard practicing, and it paid off. It looks like dad taught her well! Congrats to Merissa on a fine first buck. Remember this video the next time you get disillusioned about the future of hunting. If this video is any indicator, that future is still in good hands.
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