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#3117637 - 01/10/13 11:35 AM End of my first season
Matthew Spangler

Registered: 11/14/12
Posts: 12
Loc: Fort Campbell, KY

I am 36 years old and grew up in California pheasant, dove and duck hunting. Only got to go deer hunting once and never saw a deer. Fast forward to this year and was stationed at Fort Campbell. Had an opportunity to get both my kids into a hunter safety class for free through MWR and took it. Wanted to get both my kids into hunting and while the early morning hours and cold temperatures didn't sit well with them just yet I am hooked. Im shooting a 50 year old spanish 20ga double barrel side by side that my dad brought out. It was something that I thought my kids could handle. He brought a nice Remington 700 .270 also that I learned to shoot as a kid. All my hunting this year was on fort Campbell which is why I used the shotgun so much (no rifle hunting on post).
Well I missed high on a 6 point buck early in the year (my first hut in a tree stand). Then the day after Thanksgiving I killed a doe and spooked an 8 point following her in. Should have waited for him but I was just more excited about getting my first kill that nothing was gonna walk past me that day. Ill post pics of her below. Thing was I hit her in the spine and had to slit her neck in order to kill her. She couldn't move her hind legs but she wasn't dying either. Felt bad for her suffering so I had to do it.
On the last day of hunting on post I had 7 Does and a young spike walk within 15 yards of my stand and I let em all walk just hoping for something a little bigger or older to come by but nothing did.
I am hooked now. Unfortunately I am headed to Afghanistan soon and will miss next season. Hope when I get back my kids will be more durable to the cold. Anyways thank you to everyone here for all the valuable information in your posts. I have been reading all season.
I will post another topic on tracks soon. And hopefully me pics will work. Not sure how to get them to show up. Ill work on that next.

#3117661 - 01/10/13 11:47 AM Re: End of my first season [Re: Matthew Spangler]
Football Hunter

Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 25536
Loc: Wilson Co/Perry Co

Good luck to you,and Thank you for your service.
The best day to plant a tree,IS TODAY!

You wont know,if you dont go!

#3117664 - 01/10/13 11:50 AM Re: End of my first season [Re: Matthew Spangler]
Matthew Spangler

Registered: 11/14/12
Posts: 12
Loc: Fort Campbell, KY


This i the doe I shot. She was 92 pounds dressed.

Hope to upload the video of my last day soon also.[/img]

Edited by Matthew Spangler (01/10/13 04:37 PM)

#3117669 - 01/10/13 11:57 AM Re: End of my first season [Re: Matthew Spangler]
8 Point

Registered: 11/25/09
Posts: 1448
Loc: Hamilton, Co TN

Thank you for your service!! Great season!!

#3117728 - 01/10/13 12:41 PM Re: End of my first season [Re: RiverBuck10]
4 Point

Registered: 10/12/09
Posts: 418
Loc: Loudon, TN, USA

Thank You for our service. May God watch over you and bring you back safe. Welcome to the Brotherhood! \:\)
#3117764 - 01/10/13 01:03 PM Re: End of my first season [Re: RiverBuck10]

Registered: 08/01/07
Posts: 46480
Loc: Just North of Chatt-town

Congrats on your first deer and thank you for your service!

Amateurs: Built the Ark

Professionals: Built the Titanic

#3117900 - 01/10/13 03:00 PM Re: End of my first season [Re: MUP]
Bone Collector
14 Point

Registered: 09/09/09
Posts: 9646
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

Congrats! Thanks for your service!
Semper Fidelis!

“There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.”
General James Mattis

#3117916 - 01/10/13 03:08 PM Re: End of my first season [Re: Bone Collector]
16 Point

Registered: 02/07/05
Posts: 12880
Loc: Mountians of East Tennessee

Welcome, it is an addition.

May the Lord be your Protector while you stand in the gap for Freedom. Thanks you so much for your sacrifice.
NOTICE: The party in Hell has been canceled due to Fire!

#3117964 - 01/10/13 03:42 PM Re: End of my first season [Re: Matthew Spangler]
6 Point

Registered: 07/30/10
Posts: 753
Loc: TN/AL state line

Gods speed in Afghanistan. I was in Iraq 2003-04 and 2007. It was bad but nothing like where you are going. You have my respect.
#3117965 - 01/10/13 03:42 PM Re: End of my first season [Re: plinker22]
12 Point

Registered: 11/25/09
Posts: 5070
Loc: medon,Tn.

Welcome, congrats, and thank you for your service.
The hardest thing about Bowhunting Turkeys is leaving the gun at home!

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