Eight-year-old Hunter Hall has waited patiently for two years for an opportunity to harvest a mature whitetail buck.
With his dad’s guidance, Hunter has practiced since he was 6 years old with a 6mm rifle, made for a youth. Learning safety first, then sharpening his shooting skills, his father knew Hunter was ready to take to the field hunting.
The opportunity Hunter had been waiting for presented itself on the first day of rifle season at 4:25 p.m.
Sitting in a box stand, accompanied with his dad and older brother, a 200-pound nine-point buck ran out in the field chasing a doe.
The buck stopped in front of the stand 125 yards away.
Hunter’s dad Samuel told him, “He is a big one, when he stops and turns broadside, shoot him where I showed you on your archery deer mannequin.”
Hunter did as he had practiced many times and took the buck with one shot.
“We still have not figured out who was most excited, Hunter, brother Jarrett, or dad!” Hunter’s mother Tonya said. “I doubt any of us will forget the moment for the rest of our lives.”