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1974 i was 15.  fork mule deer at saguaro lake above the guest ranch.  my right hand was all busted and in a cast from a fistfight and i was shooting dad's pre64m70 30/06 left handed.  one shot.  $20 k-mart scope that dad just hated seeing on his rifle-'kid you don't need that shoot'.  bob and i were too young to drive so mom dropped us off in the dark and bob hitched a ride to the marina and called mom to come get us.

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On 8/21/2019 at 2:38 PM, biglakejake said:

1974 i was 15.  fork mule deer at saguaro lake above the guest ranch.  my right hand was all busted and in a cast from a fistfight and i was shooting dad's pre64m70 30/06 left handed.  one shot.  $20 k-mart scope that dad just hated seeing on his rifle-'kid you don't need that shoot'.  bob and i were too young to drive so mom dropped us off in the dark and bob hitched a ride to the marina and called mom to come get us.

lee

Lee we are pretty close in time frame. I think in 73 at 16 I shot my first buck. My old man must have been forward thinking because his 30-06 SPFD O3 had a 4X lyman scope older than I was mounted on it. We were hunting above Sycamore Canyon just N of the border in unit 36B. Looking forward to my 47th deer season in AZ this fall.

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My first buck will be tough to top. My dad and I cut his track one morning and I tracked him right to his bed. Made a 50 yard shot with my .243 and he never got up. It was November 2001 and I was only days away from turning 16. 

 

 

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