My son James was able to call into range and bust two bigmouthed longbeards on his own.
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It all started with the spring turkey season across the rugged mountain country of southeastern Kentucky and northeastern Tennessee.
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My son James was able to call into range and bust two bigmouthed longbeards on his own.
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Next, he hit the woods hard every weekend with me and his grandfather to hunt bushytails amongst the tall timber.
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During this time, he was able to accurately drop a total of 118 squirrels with his bolt-action .22 rifle.
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In fact, most of these squirrels were headshot, which is not too shabby for a 14-year old boy who has grown up in the technological world of I-pods, cell phones, texting, and video games.
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When October rolled around, all James could talk about was tall tines and monster buck sign. We spent hours in the woods hanging trail-cams, glassing food sources, and setting up stand locations. He was fired-up and ready to get back on the trail of a high-racked 8-pointer that he had almost shot during Kentucky’s youth season the year before, but thick cover had allowed the buck to escape.
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Once again on opening day, the same buck tried to ease through the thicket and James smoked him with his .270 bolt-action rifle not five yards from where we had first encountered the 8-pointer the season before.
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Next, during the month of November, we headed out of state for another public-land rifle hunt. During last spring’s turkey season, James had picked out the perfect spot to ambush a rutting buck.
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The area was still covered up with hot sign and on opening day James was able to make lightning strike twice.
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Just after daylight, he lowered the boom on another heavy-racked bruiser that sported 11-points and scored in the low 160’s. At the conclusion of this season, James had accounted for 2 nice longbeards, 118 squirrels, and 2 awesome bucks. Without question, the long hunting tradition of the Faulkner family has now come full circle with my son. There is no doubt that I will have a diehard hunting partner to share time in the woods with for the rest of my life. On the downside, I might have to take out a second mortgage to pay for our taxidermy bill this year! Congratulations James on one heck of a season and thanks Dad for taking the time to introduce me to the outdoors all of those years ago. – Travis Faulkner

BBZ Special: As fathers, it’s hard sometimes for us not to bore our neighbors and friends to death with stories about our children. Sorry, but my son’s fall season makes me proud to be both a hunter and a dad.