Wooldridge hunters: Success Photos, Story and Comment from Avey…
Deer hunting is about the memories and the Wooldridge gang had lots of them this deer season. Some ended up with more memories than venison.
Don and Jared have’em all, the memories, photos, racks and venison to verify their success. The high fives and big smiles were a big part of the Wooldridge camp.
Don’s deer was largely the result of quick action on a hike out of the hunting area on the second day of the season. Don spent the first day up high glassing for buckskin after an early morning jaunt up the mountain. No bucks, only one doe was spotted, despite long looks and the hefty hike. The full moon suggested that deer were feeding at night and bedded down during the day.
Sunday, again, Don, Jared, Glen and Gran t hunted hard, saw little and the crew decided to hoof it out and watch the Seahawks play. Don charted his own course, through the brush thickets with more thoughts about lunch and football than hunting. He walked right up on a bedded down buck that jumped up and took off for points beyond. When the big 4x4 made an unexpected stop, Don planted a Remington Core-Lokt in the Muley’s neck. One shot, hunting was over for Don.
Monday morning quick action by Jared paid off with a nice 3x4 buck. Grant had seen the buck late Sunday but it was silhouetted on a ridge without a verifiable backstop, so he didn’t shoot. The sighting did inspire the Wooldridge crew to target that area Grant had seen the deer Monday morning. The plan was to use Don (who had his deer) as a driver while the other hunters skirted the brush and worked the ridgelines to see if they could locate the shooter buck again. Jared was at the right place at the right time to spot the 3x4 and a two-point and he made fast tracks up a steep hill to get within range and in a shooting position. Second season, second deer for the young hunter as he squeezed trigger and it was another buck down for the count, venison for the freezer and memories to be shared.
Glen and Grant have memories too. Of course they shared in the joy of Don and Jared’s success and having Bob, Ann and Anne close at hand to enjoy the hunt.
Grant had the great pleasure of having his wife Angie and daughter Avey on her first hunt.
As far as photos, racks and venison, at this point it is deer tag soup for Glen and Grant. That’s not from lack of trying.
They put in a full week of hunting in the backcountry and enjoying the weather and the outdoors.
There’s still deer hunting to be found in Washington however, and the duo have some plans they are not sharing.
Angie said she believes Grant will put meat in the freezer before winter sets in, at least she really hopes so. She’s a good wife.
Avey, not yet even one year old, summed it up well, though perhaps not quite as gently, “Daddy and Grandpa are still learning how to hunt.
I hope they can get it figured out by the time I’m old enough to carry a gun!”
(Ed. Note: Avey, it’s only fair to note that before your birth a short few months ago, Glen and Grant have a pretty good track record of bagging their bucks….and the season is not yet over. And, it delights us all that you are looking forward to those days when you can hunt.)
Added on 10/29/2010by Wooldridge Boats