Jessie's first deer; Uncle Vernon's 30-30: Hey Adam,
Enclosed in this submission is a picture of my 16 yr. old daughter with her first deer, from her first deer hunt. I also included a little blog explaining why this hunt was special to me, also included two photos from the box of shells which is explained in the story below. I have never submitted photo’s to your show before. Hope it helps. Thanks
Had a great time taking Jessie on her first deer hunt. It was something she really wanted to do and she did a great job. We had a lot of fun!
(Long, personal, story from here on, hope you don't mind)
One thing that made it neat for me, was that the rifle she used was one that I received from a very special uncle - Uncle Vernon. He taught me and my little brother how to shoot when we were little kids, using 22 caliber rifles. 22 caliber rifles to young boys are a ton of fun, and we really enjoyed those times shooting. I know that I would not enjoy shooting as much as I do, if it wasn't for him and those youthful days.
We lost Uncle Vernon in '82, of a sudden heart attack, which was a great loss to me and to our family!
Years after his passing, when my Aunt Nelda passed. I was given his 30/30 lever action rifle. By then I had my own rifle so I never shot his rifle until this year getting ready for Jessie's hunt. With his rifle also came a box of ammo that he bought from Montgomery Wards years ago.
This year when Jessie and I practiced using his rifle, we used ammo I bought, but on the day of the hunt, I loaded the rifle with Uncle Vernon's ammo.
So she shot her first buck with his rifle, and ammo he bought some 32 years ago. I just think that is really cool and kind of amazing.
This was only possible because he was willing to spend his time and resources helping a kid learn how to shoot, and for that I am very grateful!
So here's to my wonderful daughter that makes being a dad so rewarding and so easy. And here's to Uncle Vernon. A West Virginia kid, WWII veteran, a devoted husband and a wonderful uncle. You were both heavy on my mind this weekend!
. Photo submitted by Dave Ursem on Oct 23, 2014 08:26 PM