My First Deer

Written by Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Duane Siercks

I was deeply interested in hunting from a very early age. I had coon hunted with Dad from the time I was big enough to keep up in the woods at night. I had squirrel hunted on my own from the time I was about 6 years old. I had received my first rifle at age 4, and was a hopeless gun enthusiast since I can remember. So naturally I was going to be a deer hunter also.

I had went with Dad deer hunting for a couple of years, just as a companion, before I was actually allowed to carry a firearm. I hunted for a couple of years with a Noble model 60 pump 12 gauge without ever seeing a deer at all.

Then the year came that I convinced Dad that I was ready to become a committed, dedicated, official deer hunter. The night before deer season opened, we went to the local gun shop and dad bought me a Marlin 336 30-30. I can still remember that the gun, a box of ammo, and the deer tag came to the grand total of $105. To me that was the best firearm ever designed. I had a true deer rifle now. The first year was pretty much a bust. No deer were sighted.

The following year, we were on our stands very early before shooting light the first morning. The excitement was building by the minute. By mid-morning, the excitement was pretty much gone and the thought of breakfast was over-powering. So back to the house where Mom had pancakes waiting. I remember after we ate Dad said,“You can’t get a deer setting in the house.” So back to the stand I went. After setting there an hour or more, I was getting so sleepy that I slid down by the roots of the tree I was sitting by and started nodding off to sleep. In a bit, I could hear movement in the woods down the branch a little ways, but could not locate the source. The next thing I knew, there were three deer running slowly right in front of me. I can only remember pulling the 30-30 up and pulling the trigger when one of the deer fell. I could not believe what had just happened, I had actually taken my first deer!

I have taken my daughters and wife past this spot in the woods several times and told them this story. I live just about 1/4 mile from where this all took place. There have been many hunting experiences since that day, but this is one that won’t be forgotten.

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2 Responses to My First Deer

  1. David (Rupe) Ruppel says:

    It’s funny how you read or hear about someone’s first deer. It takes me back to my first deer. 200 yards from camp, Bang, drug it down hill back to camp and had it hanging, 60 minutes into the first day of hunting season and it was over for me. I wasn’t even wide awake yet.
    Thank you for taking me back to that great unforgettable day when I bagged my first buck.


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