Pass It On

Kids taking part in the youth weekend deer hunt in Noxubee County, Mississippi last weekend were greeted with brisk 25 degrees just before dawn. In the dim light of their hunting cabin, 8-year-old Julia and 11-year-old Phoebe Roussel prepared for what they hoped would be a short morning on stand.
Julia was especially excited to be layering on the camouflage.
As you might be able to tell from the killer instinct in those eyes, Phoebe is a 3-year veteran of the whitetail woods.
But look out whitetails, because here comes Julia who refuses to take a back seat to her big sister--save this one case when they both took a back seat on the way to the woods.
Proud dad Devlin Roussel couldn't be more excited to have his daughters along for a deer hunt (and later promised the girls that he'd buy a new hat for their next trip afield).
Phoebe scans the fields watching for movement. Shortly after settling into the stand, a doe with two fawns strolled through. The never stopped long enough for a shot.
Julia, meanwhile, was a trooper waiting patiently for the right deer to come along. As the sun came up, the temperature started rising but only reached a meager 29 degrees.
As all dyed-in-wool deer hunting pros know, the biggest buck of one's life can suddenly appear at a moment's notice. Phoebe continues to keep a watchful eye on the fields surrounding the shooting house.
With the theme song to the Andy Griffith show playing in the background, Roussel and the girls decide to take a mid-morning hunt break.
Buddy Marc Amos strategizes with Roussel on the afternoon's hunt after a challenging morning. The first frost of the season seemed to force the deer to lay low until later in the morning. Just before 11 a.m. the activity in the woods skyrocketed, reassuring the hunters that their chances would get better.
Time for some four-wheeler rides a.k.a. late-morning scouting.
Getting in a nap--Phoebe rests up for the evening hunt.
That is, until her dad shows her their afternoon stand--possibly the most ingenious work of redneck, going-green engineering Columbus, Mississippi has ever seen? Where you might see an old port-o-let; friend Mark Hardy sees a shooting house. Thankfully, dad was just kidding.
At 4:20 p.m., Phoebe decided that her time had come and dropped this young doe in her tracks. What a day...what a youth hunt!!!! Congratulations Phoebe!!
At day's end, it was smiles all around for Julia, Phoebe and their newly minted hunting buddy Jessica.

As deer seasons kick in around the country, don't forget to pass on the hunting legacy and take a kid hunting.