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My Son's First Deer
Sunday morning, we woke to find it raining so we ate and checked out of the motel at 11:00 A.M. It had stopped raining at noon when I reached my blind. I saw 14 turkeys and two coyotes but no deer by 3:00 P.M. and decided to pack up and leave the blind. Were packed the pickup for the trip and at 4:00 P.M. we left "The Farm." John headed for home and we headed for Georgia. The trip home was shorter because I used the Tom-Tom and Brian used his GPS.

My Son's First Deer
John with his buck

The Memory
During the trip home, at several places we stopped we met some of the friendliest people in the world, fellow hunters, and they all asked if we had been hunting. Then they showed us the hunting pictures from their hunt and Brian showed his pictures. Brian learned that deer hunting is enjoyed by thousands of hunters every year and big business in Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Also, he learned that a trophy deer is different to different people. Perhaps on his next trip he will get his ten point. However, on this trip he had killed his first trophy, the tooth pick deer, as he calls it. This trip to Missouri was one of the best times of my life because I spent quality time with my son before he left for the United States Marine Corps, I spent time with John Bailey, and Brian got his first deer. Today, Lt. Brian S. Smith, USMC is very proud of his first deer certificate from Missouri, but his dad is prouder of his accomplishments.

My Son's First Deer
Brian's first deer

The Thanks
Thank you, to the great people of Missouri and to their deer management that made it possible for Brian to get his first deer. A very special thanks to John Bailey for the invitation and for being a good friend.

My Son's First Deer
Brian getting a field dressing lesson from John

Dr. Charles Watson Smith Jr. is an educator and an avid shooter and hunter. As a retired United States Air Force First Sergeant, he has hunted and shot in competition in Asia, Europe, and North America. Charles has four passions: (a) A passion for introducing hunting and shooting to his special education students and young people, (b) Long range shooting, (c) Reloading, and (d) Hunting and shooting with family and friends.

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