This teenage girl achieved something that most hunters, even seasoned veterans, could only dream about.
Maryland teen, Jesse Winand killed 5 deer during the states 2014-15 deer hunting season. More impressive than that, however, was how she accomplished the feat.
Her father reports that all five of Jesse's kills were with different weapons.
This young hunter killed a buck with her bow on Sept. 20, 2014. She went on to harvest a doe with her muzzleloader on Oct. 23, and on Nov. 29, she killed another doe with a crossbow. Her last two harvests were on Dec. 6 and Jan. 9, with a shotgun and finally with a rifle.
The way Maryland structures its seasons allows the state to see what types of weapons are used by hunters. In Kentucky, for example, the state doesn't differentiate between a shotgun or rifle during "modern gun" season. According to Brian Eyler, Maryland's chief deer biologist, only 20 out of the states 55,000 hunters accomplished the feat in 2013.
In case you're counting, thats about one third of one percent.
Completing an in-state "deer slam" is an impressive feat, and we couldn't be happier that it all came together for this young hunter. While this story is certainly heartwarming, and an encouragement for all of us to keep hunting even when we've already used a tag, it should also remind us of our duty to share the outdoors with the next generation.
Hunter numbers nationwide are in a state of decline, and the assaults on our outdoor pursuits are more present than ever. Not only are the outdoors a great place to grow closer as a family and learn lessons that will serve you well in all areas of life, but if we want the next generation (and the ones after them) to enjoy the same rights that we do, then we must prioritize sharing our outdoor passions with others. This Maryland teen was introduced to the outdoors by her father, and we would all do well to follow that example.
Great job, Jesse! Your dad C.J. sure is proud of you, and so are we.
All Images courtesy of The Northwestern.
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