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Clay Craft: The Raising of a Master Hunter

Clay Craft: The Raising of a Master Hunter

At 12 years old Clay Craft has killed 37 deer and 13 turkeys. He shot his first deer at age 4. Learn how this little kid has already become a superhunter.
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from ShannonandDerek... wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

I can't say that I am shocked that people are raising such a stink about a kid killing such a large deer and having such a good hunting record. I can say that I am disappointed that people are on this sight trying to break this childs self confidence. It is good that his father is trying to get him into hunting and keep him from doing what alot of youngsters are doing these days. I think that everyone should be giving Dad a pat on the back...since he is not a deadbeat that doesn't want to do anything with his kid. I think it is awesome that he is trying to groom his child to have a future in hunting. I don't think anyone on this sight knows this father's financial means...so with that said, I don't think you can say this boy's success is due to his father being financially successful. Please people...quit being so jealous. Maybe your kids can be Master Hunters if you put forth an effort to take them hunting.
Shannon Logan

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from turkey decoy wrote 1 year 41 weeks ago

could use clay on staff at www.bestturkeydecoy.com

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from JM wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

@squirrelman7,
I know many hunters that would prefer an area with less deer, including myself.

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from The Great Onalaskan wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

While I stand by my original post,after watching this kid I'm amazed by his skill and passion.He's a worker and as long as he remembers that you don't just get things handed to you and you have to work for it,we'll be talking about his accomplishments for many years to come.Clay can come hunting with me anytime.

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from The Great Onalaskan wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

It's cool and all,but a 4 year old does not have the capacity to understand what he's doing.All he knows is what daddy says,so he does it.
And maybe it's just a thing I've told myself of read, but I think that starting off with a big buck kinda takes the challenge out of things.Like starting with the smaller bucks and working your way up.
I believe in taking your kids hunting at a young age,but just taking them not letting them shoot.
Idk,4 just seems awful young.
Anyway,good luck to the kid in his future hunts.

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from squirrelman7 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

since a lot of the comments are complaining about how he takes his deer on trophy land im just going to to say that all of us who have to hunt on public land would gladly hunt on trophy land if we had the chance, do you really expect him to intentionally choose an area with less deer?

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from bioguy01 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

schmakenzie

"If you have the money and want the horns their yours."

Spoken like someone who has never hunted trophy class deer before. High price tags don't guarantee success. If they did I would have been dragging a 130+ class buck out of an Illinois bottom 2 years ago. Instead, I left with memories of "just out of range...darn!"

It's not like Clay had a choice in the title of this article, so why belittle the kid? He enjoys hunting, he has been successful at it, and he will probably continue to enjoy hunting and be successful at it. Take the word "Master" out of the title, and you have the word "hunter"...that's the one that's important. He's one of us, so treat him like one.

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

"Not all of us have the resources to start our kids off on big deer" - That is exactly the point. Anyone can spend the money and shoot a big deer, even a four year old. If you have the money and want the horns their yours. Does that make you a seasoned or master hunter?

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from bioguy01 wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

JoeIowa - Does it matter? Not all laws are good laws (if they were nobody would ever stand against them) and those who follow law blindly and without question are fools. All of histories greatest heros were those who stood against injustice and won. In most states hunters are pushing for no age restrictions so they have the freedom to decide when their children are ready to hunt. In this story, the father thought his kid was ready real young and more power to him for doing so! That father created another future hunter, which is something we should all appreciate and learn from. Not all of us have the resources to start our kids off on big deer, but you know what? Most kids are just happy to be successful when they hunt. They don't need to kill big deer to be happy, nor do they need to kill deer at all. What was the first thing all of you killed when you started hunting? I'm willing to bet 80% of you started off on small game. I know I did...I started off on squirrels, rabbits, and grouse, and if my father had waited until I was 12 (like state law in NY dicatates) I probably wouldn't be hunting today.

I will say one thing about this blog...if the kid is reading these posts, he's probably learning that great success comes with a lot of belittlement from those less fortunate or less successful.

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from charlie elk wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

JoeIowa,
According to this OL post they hunted in Mississippi, which does not have a minimum age as long as there is adult supervision.
Suppose, your premise was right. What is your point? Would you want Clay to get ticketed now?
later,
charlie

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from charlie elk wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

WOW! old charlie is saddened to discover he is so out of touch. Never in my wildest dream would I have thought a youngster who loves to hunt would be controversial; on a hunting site no less! :-(

later,
charlie

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from Joe Wright wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

The age to hunt in MO. is 6 years old (rather young),if he was hunting , and shooting, was it legal? Or, were they hunting high fence game farms? Don't want to hear any crap about being jealous, this is a legit question.

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from shaker taker wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

It saddens me that people get a rise to the top through propogandized grooming and appraisal when someone exploits, hypes up, and glamorizes them for their own personal gain and recognition, and watcher-byes are blinded by the fact that this is abnormal and politicized hyperbolic attention-seeking mutation of the truth and love of this sport when hogwash poppycock gets slammed down our throats and people suck it up. Justin Beiber mentality. sad.

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from Mapper45 wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Fellas- You're missing the point.
It's not about how many points or where he shot the buck, it's the fact that at such a young age he found the passion for what we all have a passion for. While his classmates are sitting in front of an XBox or watching videos on YouTube he's out there planting food plots and hanging tree stands. Keep up the good work Dad- you're going to have great memories afield.

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from Mary Ann Dill L... wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

We come into this world with all of the confidence in the world. Somewhere around the age of 10 someone tries to squelch our confidence. With the drive and motivation that Clay has already shown I have no doubt he will accomplish whatever he sets his mind on. Also, any man can be a father but it takes a real man to be a Dad!

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from elkslayer wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

I just want to clarify,

Clay congratulations on all that you have accomplished, and I hope you will yet accomplish many things in your hunting career that will surpass what you have done so far.

I hope you are able to wade thru the modern fanaticism that accompanies whitetail hunting and you find joy in hunting when you are an adult. Don't get caught up in all the hype and advertising for big bucks, just enjoy hunting. You may yet earn the title that this article gave you.

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

If I take my three year old out deer hunting this year: (1) Gun hunting free range deer in Illinois or Iowa. (2) I will pay the $7,500 outfitter fee. (For the spot somebody else scouted and groomed, hung the stand, etc..) (3) I will pay the $1,500 to have two camermen sit with us. Will you guys run a story on us? Wouldn't it be great? My three year old is going to shoot a boooner! Where does he get his master hunter certification?

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from early ice wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

he's a Friggen kid or god's sakes. When I was a kid I counted everything. THIS IS A KID, why are all you grown men acting like your one of his friends at school.

"drop him on public land....blah blah blah". just because you have to hunt public land doesn't diminish his acomplishments.

You all should be ashamed of yourselfs. If it was your kid your perspective would be much different.

I'd love to see you people say this on a public scene in person. If it were in wisconsin I'd bet you'd get walked right out of the venue.

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from Fritz Dreyer wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Well I just see problems when you have to start counting how many deer you have killed in your life. who cares. I agree that there is no way a 4 year old shot his own deer. What did they do put all the people who work for heartland bowhunter on here to make good comments. Let the kid hunt on his own, wait in Missouri he can't even do that at 12 much less 4. Lets get back to the good old days when we just hunt. And I really don't want to watch a 12 year old on a deer hunting video. We have this deer all scouted out for, you just set here and pull the trigger on your gun when he walks by.

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from early ice wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

You guys are just a bunch of jealous punks. Can't you be happy for people nowadays....he never said he's a master hunter...it's websites and mazines that talk stupid because most time the writers don't have a clue.

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from Mike Shea wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

If you missed it, the episode is now available online at heartlandbowhunter.com in the Media section.

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from Cheapskate wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

What a great story about a dad spending time with his son and passing on his love of the outdoors. You may have differences of opinions on how young to start a kid or what hunting methods you use, but you can't argue that Bryhn is teaching his son how to be a hunter the best he can. Clearly, he's teaching him more than just how to shoot or set stands, but the commitment it takes, the ethics of setting limits for yourself, and how to enjoy the overall experience. This is the kind of story all of us hunters should celebrate, and try to emulate with our own kids.

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from Jeff Tucker wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

I had the pleasure to meet both Bryhn and Clay In Missouri and I will just say that they were the nicest and most humble people that I have met. My take on it is that Bryhn has been blessed with a awesome job and he knows it! He has passed that blessing on to his son, which has led to larger bucks than I have shot in my 25 years of hunting! A little jealous?? Heck yes!!, but I would do the same for my sons if I had the chance!! As far as the title, it captured attention and nice job to Mike Shea for that, but Bryhn is raising one heck of a hunter and an amazing young man that all of us should be happy for and as deer hunters we are expected to be a touch jealous! Great stuff and continued success to Bryhn and Clay! They are great ambassadors for the hunting community!

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Quite interesting. The only reason we are reading or writing about this is because of his age. Seem like a great father and son, but a little twisted. Somebody in that family measures success by numbers, I am guessing it's not Clay. It seems like all is legal. Money can buy success in the hunting world, just a little more proof.

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from Rex Luchtel wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Interesting perspectives to say the least. A couple of years ago I might have agreed with some of the comments but I have had the opportunity to get to know Bryhn, Clay and their family and I mention family because that is what they are all about! Exactly why Clay is part of the HB family! Tune in tonight and I believe you might have a different perception about them! Enjoy, and let the whole family watch also.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

I know I'm going to catch flak for this, but a 4 year old should not be hunting. By all means take them along to watch, but until they're old enough to support the gun themselves, they shouldn't be actually shooting anything.

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from Josh Giannino wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

I agree there has to be more kids like this if there was no age restrictions, but Its all living in the heartland, He wouldnt be killing bucks like that in the northwoods, Ill be impressed of him being a master hunter when he can spot and stalk, and still hunt up bucks like that, But still good job to the kid.

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from SCBowhunter wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Some of these comments amaze me...jealous of a 12-year-old, seriously?! This kid appears to have a true, respectful love for experiencing the outdoors with his father yet some of you want to discredit that? Ridiculous. Don't hate the player...

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from marksman wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

If you ask me.....It's nothing more than another Whack 'Em and Stack 'Em Bonehead Collector who is building fueling his own EGO while teaching his son that hunting is nothing more than seeing how many deer you will be able to kill in your lifetime.

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from savageshot wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Goes to show you what you can have if your well connected.

Id like to see how he'd do on public land where food plots,cutting shoting lanes, and patterning deer arent really an option.

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from charlie elk wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Clay is living the life. Kudos to his Dad for teaching him well.
There once was a time when there were no minimum ages to hunt. When fathers decided their sons were ready to hunt, the hunts began. Kids like Clay were not uncommon. I bet there are more of them in states without minimum age requirements.
Best of luck in the future Clay.
later,
charlie

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from bioguy01 wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Great story! Hopefully his passion and the lessons he learns about deer hunting today leads him to greater hunting challenges in the future. Kudos to dad for starting him off so young! That's a future hunter through and through...that is if he doesn't get too distracted by girls in high school :-)

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from Rancherfish wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

A 4 year old can't hold a deer rifle up. And if he was using a rest, he wouldn't want to shoot it the second time. HMmmm maybe a 22, is that legal??

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from jesse1999 wrote 1 year 51 weeks ago

I think the kid did great, what is the difference he was with his dad, a least his dad thought a lot of him to let him shoot the deer he could of shot. Taking this kid on a hunt is no different that buying a guide to hunt with. don't be so jealous.

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from neubauer6 wrote 1 year 51 weeks ago

Someone that young doesn't qualify as a "master hunter" in my book. Every animal he has taken is a result of his dad or someone else setting him up. I could have been shooting 190 class bucks at age 5 if it was just about squeezing a trigger and hitting a target.

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from Aaron Long wrote 1 year 51 weeks ago

Watch the episode on Friday night and you will see the pure joy and passion that this kid has for the pastime we all share. Now, I'm not saying this kid is a "master hunter", but that's not for me to decide. All I'm saying is don't judge the kid's motives if you don't know them.

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from Mike Webb wrote 1 year 51 weeks ago

Master Hunter, i don't think so. anyone that is taught to shoot with dad that has enough money to hunt on trophy deer land can do this!!

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from elkslayer wrote 1 year 51 weeks ago

I wouldn't call him a "super hunter" because he has punched so many tags. Don't get me wrong, I am jealous that he has had the chance to kill so many deer. But his true first deer on his own won't come until he is dropped in unfamiliar territory to read sign and decide how and where to hunt and make a kill completely on his own.

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from z019847 wrote 1 year 51 weeks ago

You know I went to a private high school with a lot of rich kids that drove very expensive cars and I always wondered what they had to look forward too. I am 32 with 2 young kids that love the outdoors but there is no pressure. The kid shot monsters before he was 10 because his dad put them in front of him. I just hope the young man will find the joy in hunting I did when I took my largest with a bow at 165 inches. It only took me 20 years !!!

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from z019847 wrote 1 year 51 weeks ago

You know I went to a private high school with a lot of rich kids that drove very expensive cars and I always wondered what they had to look forward too. I am 32 with 2 young kids that love the outdoors but there is no pressure. The kid shot monsters before he was 10 because his dad put them in front of him. I just hope the young man will find the joy in hunting I did when I took my largest with a bow at 165 inches. It only took me 20 years !!!

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from elkslayer wrote 1 year 51 weeks ago

I wouldn't call him a "super hunter" because he has punched so many tags. Don't get me wrong, I am jealous that he has had the chance to kill so many deer. But his true first deer on his own won't come until he is dropped in unfamiliar territory to read sign and decide how and where to hunt and make a kill completely on his own.

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from Mike Webb wrote 1 year 51 weeks ago

Master Hunter, i don't think so. anyone that is taught to shoot with dad that has enough money to hunt on trophy deer land can do this!!

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from Aaron Long wrote 1 year 51 weeks ago

Watch the episode on Friday night and you will see the pure joy and passion that this kid has for the pastime we all share. Now, I'm not saying this kid is a "master hunter", but that's not for me to decide. All I'm saying is don't judge the kid's motives if you don't know them.

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from neubauer6 wrote 1 year 51 weeks ago

Someone that young doesn't qualify as a "master hunter" in my book. Every animal he has taken is a result of his dad or someone else setting him up. I could have been shooting 190 class bucks at age 5 if it was just about squeezing a trigger and hitting a target.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

I know I'm going to catch flak for this, but a 4 year old should not be hunting. By all means take them along to watch, but until they're old enough to support the gun themselves, they shouldn't be actually shooting anything.

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from The Great Onalaskan wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

It's cool and all,but a 4 year old does not have the capacity to understand what he's doing.All he knows is what daddy says,so he does it.
And maybe it's just a thing I've told myself of read, but I think that starting off with a big buck kinda takes the challenge out of things.Like starting with the smaller bucks and working your way up.
I believe in taking your kids hunting at a young age,but just taking them not letting them shoot.
Idk,4 just seems awful young.
Anyway,good luck to the kid in his future hunts.

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from savageshot wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Goes to show you what you can have if your well connected.

Id like to see how he'd do on public land where food plots,cutting shoting lanes, and patterning deer arent really an option.

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from Jeff Tucker wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

I had the pleasure to meet both Bryhn and Clay In Missouri and I will just say that they were the nicest and most humble people that I have met. My take on it is that Bryhn has been blessed with a awesome job and he knows it! He has passed that blessing on to his son, which has led to larger bucks than I have shot in my 25 years of hunting! A little jealous?? Heck yes!!, but I would do the same for my sons if I had the chance!! As far as the title, it captured attention and nice job to Mike Shea for that, but Bryhn is raising one heck of a hunter and an amazing young man that all of us should be happy for and as deer hunters we are expected to be a touch jealous! Great stuff and continued success to Bryhn and Clay! They are great ambassadors for the hunting community!

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from charlie elk wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

JoeIowa,
According to this OL post they hunted in Mississippi, which does not have a minimum age as long as there is adult supervision.
Suppose, your premise was right. What is your point? Would you want Clay to get ticketed now?
later,
charlie

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from bioguy01 wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

JoeIowa - Does it matter? Not all laws are good laws (if they were nobody would ever stand against them) and those who follow law blindly and without question are fools. All of histories greatest heros were those who stood against injustice and won. In most states hunters are pushing for no age restrictions so they have the freedom to decide when their children are ready to hunt. In this story, the father thought his kid was ready real young and more power to him for doing so! That father created another future hunter, which is something we should all appreciate and learn from. Not all of us have the resources to start our kids off on big deer, but you know what? Most kids are just happy to be successful when they hunt. They don't need to kill big deer to be happy, nor do they need to kill deer at all. What was the first thing all of you killed when you started hunting? I'm willing to bet 80% of you started off on small game. I know I did...I started off on squirrels, rabbits, and grouse, and if my father had waited until I was 12 (like state law in NY dicatates) I probably wouldn't be hunting today.

I will say one thing about this blog...if the kid is reading these posts, he's probably learning that great success comes with a lot of belittlement from those less fortunate or less successful.

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from jesse1999 wrote 1 year 51 weeks ago

I think the kid did great, what is the difference he was with his dad, a least his dad thought a lot of him to let him shoot the deer he could of shot. Taking this kid on a hunt is no different that buying a guide to hunt with. don't be so jealous.

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from charlie elk wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Clay is living the life. Kudos to his Dad for teaching him well.
There once was a time when there were no minimum ages to hunt. When fathers decided their sons were ready to hunt, the hunts began. Kids like Clay were not uncommon. I bet there are more of them in states without minimum age requirements.
Best of luck in the future Clay.
later,
charlie

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from Mike Shea wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

If you missed it, the episode is now available online at heartlandbowhunter.com in the Media section.

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from elkslayer wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

I just want to clarify,

Clay congratulations on all that you have accomplished, and I hope you will yet accomplish many things in your hunting career that will surpass what you have done so far.

I hope you are able to wade thru the modern fanaticism that accompanies whitetail hunting and you find joy in hunting when you are an adult. Don't get caught up in all the hype and advertising for big bucks, just enjoy hunting. You may yet earn the title that this article gave you.

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from Mary Ann Dill L... wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

We come into this world with all of the confidence in the world. Somewhere around the age of 10 someone tries to squelch our confidence. With the drive and motivation that Clay has already shown I have no doubt he will accomplish whatever he sets his mind on. Also, any man can be a father but it takes a real man to be a Dad!

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from The Great Onalaskan wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

While I stand by my original post,after watching this kid I'm amazed by his skill and passion.He's a worker and as long as he remembers that you don't just get things handed to you and you have to work for it,we'll be talking about his accomplishments for many years to come.Clay can come hunting with me anytime.

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from Rex Luchtel wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Interesting perspectives to say the least. A couple of years ago I might have agreed with some of the comments but I have had the opportunity to get to know Bryhn, Clay and their family and I mention family because that is what they are all about! Exactly why Clay is part of the HB family! Tune in tonight and I believe you might have a different perception about them! Enjoy, and let the whole family watch also.

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Quite interesting. The only reason we are reading or writing about this is because of his age. Seem like a great father and son, but a little twisted. Somebody in that family measures success by numbers, I am guessing it's not Clay. It seems like all is legal. Money can buy success in the hunting world, just a little more proof.

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from Cheapskate wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

What a great story about a dad spending time with his son and passing on his love of the outdoors. You may have differences of opinions on how young to start a kid or what hunting methods you use, but you can't argue that Bryhn is teaching his son how to be a hunter the best he can. Clearly, he's teaching him more than just how to shoot or set stands, but the commitment it takes, the ethics of setting limits for yourself, and how to enjoy the overall experience. This is the kind of story all of us hunters should celebrate, and try to emulate with our own kids.

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from Fritz Dreyer wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Well I just see problems when you have to start counting how many deer you have killed in your life. who cares. I agree that there is no way a 4 year old shot his own deer. What did they do put all the people who work for heartland bowhunter on here to make good comments. Let the kid hunt on his own, wait in Missouri he can't even do that at 12 much less 4. Lets get back to the good old days when we just hunt. And I really don't want to watch a 12 year old on a deer hunting video. We have this deer all scouted out for, you just set here and pull the trigger on your gun when he walks by.

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from early ice wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

he's a Friggen kid or god's sakes. When I was a kid I counted everything. THIS IS A KID, why are all you grown men acting like your one of his friends at school.

"drop him on public land....blah blah blah". just because you have to hunt public land doesn't diminish his acomplishments.

You all should be ashamed of yourselfs. If it was your kid your perspective would be much different.

I'd love to see you people say this on a public scene in person. If it were in wisconsin I'd bet you'd get walked right out of the venue.

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from Mapper45 wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Fellas- You're missing the point.
It's not about how many points or where he shot the buck, it's the fact that at such a young age he found the passion for what we all have a passion for. While his classmates are sitting in front of an XBox or watching videos on YouTube he's out there planting food plots and hanging tree stands. Keep up the good work Dad- you're going to have great memories afield.

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from shaker taker wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

It saddens me that people get a rise to the top through propogandized grooming and appraisal when someone exploits, hypes up, and glamorizes them for their own personal gain and recognition, and watcher-byes are blinded by the fact that this is abnormal and politicized hyperbolic attention-seeking mutation of the truth and love of this sport when hogwash poppycock gets slammed down our throats and people suck it up. Justin Beiber mentality. sad.

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from charlie elk wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

WOW! old charlie is saddened to discover he is so out of touch. Never in my wildest dream would I have thought a youngster who loves to hunt would be controversial; on a hunting site no less! :-(

later,
charlie

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from squirrelman7 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

since a lot of the comments are complaining about how he takes his deer on trophy land im just going to to say that all of us who have to hunt on public land would gladly hunt on trophy land if we had the chance, do you really expect him to intentionally choose an area with less deer?

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from JM wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

@squirrelman7,
I know many hunters that would prefer an area with less deer, including myself.

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from bioguy01 wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Great story! Hopefully his passion and the lessons he learns about deer hunting today leads him to greater hunting challenges in the future. Kudos to dad for starting him off so young! That's a future hunter through and through...that is if he doesn't get too distracted by girls in high school :-)

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from Josh Giannino wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

I agree there has to be more kids like this if there was no age restrictions, but Its all living in the heartland, He wouldnt be killing bucks like that in the northwoods, Ill be impressed of him being a master hunter when he can spot and stalk, and still hunt up bucks like that, But still good job to the kid.

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

"Not all of us have the resources to start our kids off on big deer" - That is exactly the point. Anyone can spend the money and shoot a big deer, even a four year old. If you have the money and want the horns their yours. Does that make you a seasoned or master hunter?

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from bioguy01 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

schmakenzie

"If you have the money and want the horns their yours."

Spoken like someone who has never hunted trophy class deer before. High price tags don't guarantee success. If they did I would have been dragging a 130+ class buck out of an Illinois bottom 2 years ago. Instead, I left with memories of "just out of range...darn!"

It's not like Clay had a choice in the title of this article, so why belittle the kid? He enjoys hunting, he has been successful at it, and he will probably continue to enjoy hunting and be successful at it. Take the word "Master" out of the title, and you have the word "hunter"...that's the one that's important. He's one of us, so treat him like one.

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from ShannonandDerek... wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

I can't say that I am shocked that people are raising such a stink about a kid killing such a large deer and having such a good hunting record. I can say that I am disappointed that people are on this sight trying to break this childs self confidence. It is good that his father is trying to get him into hunting and keep him from doing what alot of youngsters are doing these days. I think that everyone should be giving Dad a pat on the back...since he is not a deadbeat that doesn't want to do anything with his kid. I think it is awesome that he is trying to groom his child to have a future in hunting. I don't think anyone on this sight knows this father's financial means...so with that said, I don't think you can say this boy's success is due to his father being financially successful. Please people...quit being so jealous. Maybe your kids can be Master Hunters if you put forth an effort to take them hunting.
Shannon Logan

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from SCBowhunter wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Some of these comments amaze me...jealous of a 12-year-old, seriously?! This kid appears to have a true, respectful love for experiencing the outdoors with his father yet some of you want to discredit that? Ridiculous. Don't hate the player...

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from early ice wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

You guys are just a bunch of jealous punks. Can't you be happy for people nowadays....he never said he's a master hunter...it's websites and mazines that talk stupid because most time the writers don't have a clue.

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

If I take my three year old out deer hunting this year: (1) Gun hunting free range deer in Illinois or Iowa. (2) I will pay the $7,500 outfitter fee. (For the spot somebody else scouted and groomed, hung the stand, etc..) (3) I will pay the $1,500 to have two camermen sit with us. Will you guys run a story on us? Wouldn't it be great? My three year old is going to shoot a boooner! Where does he get his master hunter certification?

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from Joe Wright wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

The age to hunt in MO. is 6 years old (rather young),if he was hunting , and shooting, was it legal? Or, were they hunting high fence game farms? Don't want to hear any crap about being jealous, this is a legit question.

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from turkey decoy wrote 1 year 41 weeks ago

could use clay on staff at www.bestturkeydecoy.com

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from Rancherfish wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

A 4 year old can't hold a deer rifle up. And if he was using a rest, he wouldn't want to shoot it the second time. HMmmm maybe a 22, is that legal??

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from marksman wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

If you ask me.....It's nothing more than another Whack 'Em and Stack 'Em Bonehead Collector who is building fueling his own EGO while teaching his son that hunting is nothing more than seeing how many deer you will be able to kill in your lifetime.

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