Another Girl’s First Buck…

by Olivia Atherton
(St. Paul, Indiana)


My Buck


It was my first year out. I hardly knew what to expect.

Days passed.

In the woods I heard the shots as my three brothers and Dad each got a deer but the deer seemed to be avoiding me.

Maybe the idea of me hunting was a mistake, I thought.

More days passed, then two days before Thanksgiving after taking my morning shower, my brother Samuel, saw a large six point buck in the front field.

Grabbing my Dad’s muzzle loader, I reluctantly agreed to circle the field with him to get closer to the deer.

Skirting our 400 acres by a field is Flat Rock River.

Through the cover of trees and bushes along the river bank we crept.

In the distance we saw the buck again but soon he moved off after his doe. Walking and stopping we moved in his general direction.

Then we set for 45 minutes waiting and freezing.

Continuing on, to warm up, we hoped we would meet him coming towards us. A couple yards ahead I saw tines move. T

hough earlier I thought I had seen these tines, Samuel convinced me that it was only a bush.

It was another buck.

We had to come up with a plan.

Samuel said he would yell and I should shoot the buck when he stood up.

With gun ready, I whispered ready.

“Hey!” Samuel yelled.

Up the buck bolted facing us looking intently trying to find us.

For the longest moments of Samuel’s life I aimed and aimed.

“Shoot it, shoot it,” Samuel whispered.

I did not hear my shot but Samuel’s ears were ringing and he was shaking.

Away the buck ran across the river.

Samuel had the buck fever that I was suppose to get and grabbed my gun away. Weird!

Without ammo I wondered what help a gun would be to him.

I actually thought I had missed the deer especially after seeing the lack of blood in his bed but after crossing the river we saw the beginnings of a blood trail.

To make a long story short, later Samuel accidentally jumped him, and though he ran, he died about a mile later.

He was a large 8 point buck!

I was so thankful to be able to share this experience with my younger brother since he was the one who encouraged me to hunt and even bought me my camos.

Next year Samuel hopes to get the original buck we were after.

Until then, God Bless and keep hunting!

Comments for Another Girl’s First Buck…

Dec 24, 2011 Thanks
by: Olivia Atherton Wow…you are so pro. Thanks I really needed that today. Hey by the way here is my email I would love to stay in touch with you and possibly hear some more of your life stories… Your welcome glad I could be a help. Merry Christmas to you and your family and a very happy New Year. Your stories have helped me out a ton also…something else to think about on lonely days:) Your encouragement means the world.
Love Olivia
Please email:)

Dec 23, 2011 Seasons Greatings
by: B.R.Y.
Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and your family. Just wanted to say thanks for all the nice comments you gave my stories this past 6 months.Believe it or not they lifted my spirits in this really crappy time of my life.I wish you the best of luck and happiness in every thing that you do! Wanted to leave you with my favorite quote from the book Moby Dick. Captain Ahab says ” If my chest where a cannon I’d thrust forth my own heart to slay the mighty beast” I guess it means there ain’t nothing we cant over come when we try ! God bless, peace out !

Nov 23, 2011 Good Luck!
by: Olivia Atherton
Good luck Mindy…I hope you get a deer. Thanks for all the kind encouragement. The guys in your life must be as sweet as mine:) Don’t freeze and keep hunting:D

Oct 23, 2011 AWESOME!!!
by: Mindy
Ilove your story. I am going out this year for my first time with my best friend. I can’t wait! I hope I have a good story to tell as well. I am 21 and I never thought that I would go out hunting because I thought the guys wouldn’t ever let me but I asked and they were excited 🙂 after reading your amazing story I think I will definetly go out now!Congrats!

Oct 04, 2011 I don’t have daughter
by: B.R.Yanney I have 2 sons but no daughter. But if I did I hope she would be as kool as you!

Sep 22, 2011 Yaay! 🙂
by: Sarah
Aw, congrats Olivia! I’ve already told you I know nothing about hunting, but it sounds like an amazing experience. Oh, and I love the pictures. 🙂

Sep 20, 2011 Wowzers!
by: Anonymous
Jehoshaphat!! Amazingment!

Sep 18, 2011 Way to go!!!
by: Victoria
Totally awesome! I am glad that you had the guts to go and do something that I would never be able to do. I am so proud of you!!! Love you.

Sep 17, 2011 Fun
by: Faith
I can’t begin to imagine what fun you had and the thrill of your first. That will be a memory you will always treasure. Congrats.

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