Black Gold Sights - Pure Gold
MEA Weekend for Ryan
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
Scoot 23-Oct-19
Scoot 23-Oct-19
Scoot 23-Oct-19
Grubby 23-Oct-19
Scoot 23-Oct-19
Grubby 23-Oct-19
Scoot 23-Oct-19
Scoot 23-Oct-19
NoWiser 23-Oct-19
Scoot 23-Oct-19
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Scoot 23-Oct-19
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Grubby 23-Oct-19
Meat Grinder 23-Oct-19
boothill 23-Oct-19
NoWiser 23-Oct-19
midwest 23-Oct-19
wooddamon1 23-Oct-19
Brotsky 23-Oct-19
Northwoods 23-Oct-19
trkyslr 23-Oct-19
Scoot 23-Oct-19
Bake 23-Oct-19
sticksender 23-Oct-19
elkmtngear 23-Oct-19
Nick Muche 23-Oct-19
JohnMC 23-Oct-19
HUNT MAN 23-Oct-19
kota-man 23-Oct-19
Bowboy 23-Oct-19
otcWill 23-Oct-19
WV Mountaineer 23-Oct-19
t-roy 23-Oct-19
BigOk 23-Oct-19
Bow Bullet 23-Oct-19
Scoot 23-Oct-19
Z Barebow 23-Oct-19
nogutsnostory 23-Oct-19
Alexis Desjardins 23-Oct-19
casekiska 23-Oct-19
Duke 23-Oct-19
Marty 23-Oct-19
Quinn @work 24-Oct-19
Bake 24-Oct-19
ki-ke 24-Oct-19
EmbryOklahoma 24-Oct-19
Zebrakiller 24-Oct-19
12yards 24-Oct-19
Scar Finga 24-Oct-19
BOWNBIRDHNTR 24-Oct-19
Cheetah8799 24-Oct-19
Daydreamer 24-Oct-19
Shiras42 24-Oct-19
Scoot 24-Oct-19
huntnmuleys 24-Oct-19
GhostBird 24-Oct-19
Deebz 24-Oct-19
BIG BEAR 24-Oct-19
ND String Puller 24-Oct-19
PAbowhunter1064 24-Oct-19
LINK 24-Oct-19
OFFHNTN 24-Oct-19
orionsbrother 24-Oct-19
Beav 24-Oct-19
deerslayer 24-Oct-19
bentshaft 25-Oct-19
From: Scoot
23-Oct-19
The 3rd weekend of October is MEA weekend, where kids get out of school on Thursday and Friday and get a little break. Morgan, Ryan, and I went up to my dad's cabin at Lake of the Woods to help button up the place for the year and hang out with Grandpa, my bro, and his boys. The plan was to hunt grouse on the way up and back, then do work at the cabin. Well... the work got done in short order, so we ended up fishing off the dock for walleyes in the morning and evening (didn't bother to bring a boat since we thought we'd have too much work to do to goof off much). Below are a few pics and a video from the weekend. What a great time with family!

From: Scoot
23-Oct-19

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23-Oct-19

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From: Grubby
23-Oct-19
Nice!! I’ve been seeing a few birds around.

From: Scoot
23-Oct-19
There's an elk farm not far from my dad's place and the kids wanted to check the elk. They were treated with this!

From: Grubby
23-Oct-19
How was his breath? Lol

From: Scoot
23-Oct-19
We had to hustle home on Saturday night because Ryan had to read his faith statement in church on Sunday (part of his confirmation requirements). He was nervous as heck, but did a nice job and he was happy to be done with that part of the process. That afternoon we hunted about 3/4 mile from our house. Ryan walked the 75 yards from his stand to mine with an hour to go- he was wet from the rain that had fallen over the past half-hour and was getting a little cold. I, of course, didn't want to quit. He immediately picked up on that and felt bad he would make me leave. While we discussed, the rain ended and the radar looked like it wouldn't rain anymore during the end of our sit. Ryan headed back to his stand for the final hour of the evening.

Half-an-hour later I was straining my eyes, looking for my first deer of the evening. With no warning, all hell broke loose! I heard sticks breaking and loud crashing from the direction of Ryan's stand. I text him asking if he was ok or if I should come over there. No response. "Did he fall out of his stand somehow?" was the thought I couldn't get out of my head. No reply by text. "Dang it kid, answer me!" Suddenly I heard a light whistle coming from his direction. I then saw Ryan walking my direction. I started getting my stuff ready to go and when I looked down at him from my stand he had a huge smile on his face and did a couple of fist pumps. Oh yeah!

Ryan had watched a small spork (spike on one side, fork on the other) come in and he wasn't going to shoot him. Soon he caught movement behind the spork and he saw what he immediately knew was a buck he'd love to try get a crack at. The buck meandered over in Ryan's direction, casually following the spork, which was inside of 30 yards from Ryan. The nicer buck eventually made it to the edge of the shooting lane I had cleared that morning. He stood on the edge of that opening for over two minutes. Finally, he took a couple steps into the lane and put his head down to browse on some leaves. Ryan drew and took aim, with neither buck having a clue he was there still. He said his pin was in a perfect spot when the arrow left the bow and the shot felt great. However, he couldn't see the arrow (30 minutes of legal shooting left) and he says he doesn't really understand what it sounds like when you hit, or don't hit, a deer with a shot. So, although it felt great, he had no idea if he really hit the deer or not.

From: Scoot
23-Oct-19
I don't know Grubby, you'd have to ask the elk! Hahaha

From: NoWiser
23-Oct-19
I'm fist pumping saying "oh yeah" seeing this story!

From: Scoot
23-Oct-19
I called my brother and a family friend, Kaden, and they grabbed Morgan, and we all went looking for the deer. With it raining for a while prior to the shot, and searching by headlight in the dark, tracking was tough. In short, we didn't find a drop of blood, or the arrow that night. We left that night and the plan was for Ryan and me to come back in the morning to look. As luck would have it, it rained all night.

From: Scoot
23-Oct-19
As we got ready to head out into the sloppy of field and woods in the morning, I got a text from my brother saying he was going to be at my place soon (from over an hour away) to help look. Not only was he coming to help, it was on his birthday no less!

The three of us got there right around when we would have enough light to see well enough to track. Ryan directed us to the last place he saw the deer, which was about 80-100 yards from his stand. Rod and I started searching from there. I started grid searching the last known area and Rod headed down the path the deer had been on. Before Ryan could even get down and over to us Rod called my name and asked me to come over to him. Soon he showed me the buck in its final resting place, not more than 80 yards further down the trail.

From: Scoot
23-Oct-19

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23-Oct-19

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23-Oct-19

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23-Oct-19

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This pic is for HUNTMAN!

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23-Oct-19

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23-Oct-19

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Grandpa Rod's knife, passed on to Ryan.
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Grandpa Rod's knife, passed on to Ryan.

From: Scoot
23-Oct-19

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Ryan's first ever pack out! He was very proud to carry out some of the meat and the headgear.

From: Grubby
23-Oct-19
That’s a very nice buck!! Congrats Ryan!

From: Meat Grinder
23-Oct-19
Congrats on a nice buck young man!

From: boothill
23-Oct-19
Way to go Ryan!!

From: NoWiser
23-Oct-19
Congrats Ryan!! Did you make him go to school after that?

From: midwest
23-Oct-19
Scott, that's awesome! What a great buck! Congrats to Ryan. You need to put that in the book for him!

From: wooddamon1
23-Oct-19
WOW! Nice buck, congrats! Awesome post Scoot!

From: Brotsky
23-Oct-19
Pack out? Hell as big as Ryan is getting I figured he just ate it where it fell! Ha! Congrats to you guys Scoot! Very well deserved! We were all stoked for you guys when you sent the pics! Love it!

From: Northwoods
23-Oct-19
Great stuff, congrats to the young man, but also to dad - has to be very rewarding to see the effort of good parenting paying off with smiles and stories to last a lifetime!

From: trkyslr
23-Oct-19
Congrats Ryan!!! Awesome buck!

From: Scoot
23-Oct-19
Thanks guys! Yes, no doubt I was as excited as him, and definitely a proud dad too!

BTW- his shot was about 3-4" high and perfect from left to right. The exit was surprisingly higher than the entry, in spite of the downward shot. It definitely got both lungs though. But, no blood for a while, which made the tracking tough initially and impossible after the rain in the morning. We were definitely lucky to find him!

"Did you make him go to school after that?"

Heck ya! A little learnin' is good for a kid!!!

From: Bake
23-Oct-19
Congrats Ryan!! Awesome buck!

From: sticksender
23-Oct-19
Wow he did really good, beautiful buck......congrats Ryan!

From: elkmtngear
23-Oct-19
Great buck...nice job, Ryan!

From: Nick Muche
23-Oct-19
Fantastic!!!! Congrats Ryan, what a great buck, way to go man!!!

From: JohnMC
23-Oct-19
Great buck! Congrats!

From: HUNT MAN
23-Oct-19
Boy does that put a smile on my face.. congrats boys ! Hammertime . Hunt

From: kota-man
23-Oct-19
Very nice...Congrats guys! Very important lesson taught to Ryan...BE IN THE STAND WHEN IT QUITS RAINING! ;)

From: Bowboy
23-Oct-19
Very nice buck Congrats!

From: otcWill
23-Oct-19
Attaboy Ryan! Awesome buck

23-Oct-19
Congrats Ryan and family. Good stuff.

From: t-roy
23-Oct-19
Ol Grinner is turning more and more into a fine young man and a bonafide killer! Congrats, Ryan!

Is that a Pathfinder model 105?

From: BigOk
23-Oct-19
Congrats Ryan!! Great buck.

From: Bow Bullet
23-Oct-19
Dandy buck Ryan, congratulations!

From: Scoot
23-Oct-19
T, yes I think so. I'll check next time we're out.

From: Z Barebow
23-Oct-19
Congrats to Ryan and the rest of team Engel!

23-Oct-19
Very nice congratulations!!

23-Oct-19
Heck of a buck congrats to both awesome.

From: casekiska
23-Oct-19
Way to go young man! Great buck! Well done! Congratulations!

From: Duke
23-Oct-19
Very, very nice! You’re doing it right! Congrats to both Ryan and Scoot! Thanks for bringing us along.

From: Marty
23-Oct-19
Well done and a dandy buck too! Congrats to both of you!

From: Quinn @work
24-Oct-19
Wow! Congrats to him. That's a fine buck and even better he got it from his own stand. I probably would of been shaking so bad at his age I would of missed it by a mile!

Good for you guys in making the hard but right choice to back out and come back in the daylight.

From: Bake
24-Oct-19
Congrats Ryan!! Awesome buck!

From: ki-ke
24-Oct-19
This is great!! Is that a whisker on Ryan’s face??! Have enjoyed watching this kid grow up...

Great buck! Great job Scoot! Congrats

24-Oct-19
Excellent! Ryan is turning into quite the killer. Congratulations to you all!

From: Zebrakiller
24-Oct-19
sweet what a great weekend!

From: 12yards
24-Oct-19
Don't get any better than that! Nice!

From: Scar Finga
24-Oct-19
Excellent Scoot! And congratulations to Ryan!!! Very well done and just doesn't get much better than that!

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
24-Oct-19
Congrats Ryan. GREAT family moment right there! These youngsters keep rekindling a lot of fond memories for those of us with grown kids.

From: Cheetah8799
24-Oct-19
Congratulations Ryan & Scoot. Great buck!

From: Daydreamer
24-Oct-19
Congrats to Ryan and you Scott. Before you posted yesterday I thought of you guys reflecting on your journeys and wondering if Ryan had been hunting. I thought of you and Ryan last Friday when my oldest daughter shot her first deer, a spike, at 10 years old.

From: Shiras42
24-Oct-19
Great! Bet you couldn't wipe that smile off if you tried.

From: Scoot
24-Oct-19
Thanks again everyone! Daydreamer- that is outstanding! Many congrats to you and to your daughter! Feel free to post up a pic of her in here or in a different thread. If it was a gun killed deer shot in the MN youth season, I couldn't possibly care less- still outstanding and good for you for getting her out! I bet you are a proud papa and she's happy too.

Shiras- yep, he's still grinnin' ear to ear!

From: huntnmuleys
24-Oct-19
Good lord that’s a great buck!

From: GhostBird
24-Oct-19
Congratulations Ryan & Scott... what a beautiful buck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: Deebz
24-Oct-19
Great buck!!! I really enjoy reading the stories of your young man's journey into becoming an outdoorsman.

From: BIG BEAR
24-Oct-19
That’s fantastic !!! Congrats !!!

24-Oct-19
Oh hell yes! Way to go Ryan, that's a great buck! Team Hammer!

24-Oct-19
Congratulations, Ryan! These threads are what make Bowsite THE BEST!!!

From: LINK
24-Oct-19
Congrats Ryan

From: OFFHNTN
24-Oct-19
WOW!!! What a buck! Congrats Ryan!!!

24-Oct-19
You and the kids never disappoint Scoot. Congrats all the way around.

From: Beav
24-Oct-19
Congrats Ryan on an awesome buck!!! Well done Scoot on raising this kid!

From: deerslayer
24-Oct-19
Great job Ryan!!!!

Thanks for the story Scoot. Sure has been fun watching him grow up on BS. I remember the year he tried like crazy to get a deer and had a few misses. I'd say he sure has progressed! That is a heck of a whitetail. Wow..... Good on you both!

From: bentshaft
25-Oct-19
Congratulations.

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