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My 13 year old finally got her first deer with a handgun this afternoon. :-D The last two years when we went out we never even saw a deer (talk about bad luck!). The deer first began coming out at 4:00PM. The problem was the does kept coming out 450+ yards to the north of us. We had five deer come out within shooting range, but they were all bucks (one buck was less than 15 yards from us). This is an anterless season here in Kansas now. All together we saw just over 40 deer (I guess we are making up for lost time). At about 5:30 we saw a group of three deer to the east of us in some CRP grass. They ever so slowly made there way to us. One was a nice buck, and the other two were does. The light was getting less by the minute, but with her 260 Remington M.O.A. Maximum with the 3-12 Burris LER (on 3x) facing East she still had good enough light transmission to make an accurate shot. The distance was lasered @ 150 yards. The deer turned a perfect broadside at this range and about 5-6 seconds later the MOA barked and the deer went down in about 25-30 feet from the trail it was walking on. As we approached the deer we found another surprise. This doe was not a doe after all but a buck that had already shed his antlers. I guess that is whay they call it an "anterless season." Both of us are very happy and we are going out again tommorrow afternoon to see what action the MOA can get into. Shot placement couldn't have been better, and the 120 grain Nolser Ballistic Tip performed admirably. I don't know the MV yet, since I have not chronoed it. But it is a very accurate load. It has shot several groups under .5 @ 100 yards with my daughter doing the shooting. Oh, I am a Happy Man! :-D :-D
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wow at 13 with a handgun thats great! I didnt shoot my first with a handgun until I was 30 years old! tell her congrats!!!
 

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Great shooting, pass on my congratulations to her.
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WOW!!! That's great. Please pass along my congratulations and that spectacular feat. My daughter will be 13 in two months...wonder what the future holds.
 

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excellent

don't it just make you proud. kinnda hopin my 10 year old son will take up the handgun sometime in the future. :grin:
 

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WOW!

I think I might've had some trouble with a shot like that; you gotta be the source of the spare shirt buttons that've been rainin' down on us here! Bustin' 'em off with pride! Congratulations!! That's dang fine shootin'!
If'n ya ever wanna sell her, I'm buyin'! (Yeah, I know...most days ya wouldn't sell 'em for any money, but there's days ya'd be happy to give 'em away...I been there.) Make sure she knows that all us old farts out here know she's done somepin hard, and done it good.
 

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xphunter: Congrats to you and your daughter! I can say I know how you feel. I have two teenage daughters who have been raised to respect and appreciate the shooting sports and handguns in particular. My 17 year old has been my "spotter" in handgun silhouette competition and general helper since she was 12. Heck, both girls know more about reloading and long range handgunning and associated hardware than a lot of guys I know!

When my eldest daughter was 13 she accompanyied me in a few early season whitetail hunts. One evening a nice doe can in a paused in the wrong spot about 40 yards away. Even though the Leupold 2.5x8 mounted on a 10" 7TCU TC was shaking pretty badly, she connected and the doe piled up after about 20 yards. Man, I was shaking worse than she. That was a hunt I'll never forget.

Not to be out done, my 12 year old decided it was her turn. Hunting in a box blind set up over a creekbottom clearing, last fall a large doe came into view about 150 yards away. However, she could not get the doe steady in the 3x9 Burris and the doe disappeared into the brush. But just a couple minutes later, a young spike buck came down the same trail with his nose to the ground. I hit the grunt call, the buck paused, and a long few seconds later the 7IHMSA XP-100 roared! I held my hand over the barrel of the XP to absorb some of the recoil. I'm not sure if I made the shaking better or worse. The range was approx 120 yards and she hit him a little high but spined him dead in his tracks. You talk about a happy kid and proud Dad, we were!

Those two hunts meant more to me than any animal I have ever taken. Hunting with your kids and teaching them proper safety, ethics, and the appreciation and thrill of the hunt is imperative to our future. And to do it with a handgun, well that makes it even more special.

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xphunter - you give that 13 year old daughter of yours a major hug and a kiss for all of us who love to see the younger children get into the shooting sports. Congradulations to you and your Handgun Huntin' Daughter. Mikey.
 

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Dave2/5,
I live in Hutchinson. We were hunting in the Anthony area, but we have also hunted deer here locally (I shot a doe with 7.82 Patriot XP-100 earlier just north of Hutch.).
I would be glad to email you but I didn't see your e-mail address on the post. My office e-mail [email protected]
I would love to have a handgun season here in Kansas.
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[/color]AWESOME :-D :-D :-D
 

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I appreciate all of your encouragement you have given my daughter. Tommorrow at the end of the day I am going to print this off for her to read--I know it will encourage her.
Thanks!
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That is awesome ,I have a 7 year old little girl and I dream of doing what you and your girl have done. Give her a hug for us to! Nice shot by the way !
 

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I agree, tell that young lady great job!! Here in Illinois you have to be 18 for pistol season, my son is going for his first pistol hunt, as he is now 18. We leave tonite, he can hardly wait.
 

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Lucky dog! I have an 18 year old son that has no interest in hunting :( and a 11 year old daughter that is a animal lover. :eek: I guess I'm the last of my family name that will be a sportsman. Both my kids have been taught to fish, shoot and some hunting. They will fish some. My hopes are that I last long enough to get a grandson to teach our old ways. My girl has been an animal lover since diapers, hence she didn't get it from me. She believes only farm animals should be eaten :cry: (I just don't tell her what animal our meals come from :lol: ) The boy will eat anything I drag in and only asks what it was after a taste test. (there may be a glimps of hope there)
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Returned last night from sons first pistol hunt, :) he not only bagged his first pistol deer, but filled my tag also with a running double!!! I could not be more proud, time at the range paid off. I was letting him use my SW 629 classic power port, which I fear I will never see again, at least in my hands hunting. And thats ok by me.
 
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