September 22 at 5:59pm
Ten-year old Easton Evans of Alamance County went hunting with his PawPaw the afternoon of Thursday September 12th, but expectations were low considering the sweltering 95 degree temps. This was Easton's third hunt so far opening week of the season. He wanted to hunt every afternoon but had football practice some days. Despite the heat, late in the evening deer finally started moving and entering the field where Easton and his PawPaw, Jimmy Evans, were positioned in a box stand. Several deer were headed their way, mostly small bucks, but also the target buck which Easton had nicknamed 'Captain Hook' because of a unique downward 'hook' point coming off the buck's right antler at the base. Easton had seen the hook point on trail cam pics he and his PawPaw had taken throughout the late summer. This was the deer he wanted! With the group of bucks approaching, hopes were high at this point, until three coyotes suddenly appeared across the field, disturbing the deer and causing them to become tense and eventually scatter to a nearby field of tall Johnson grass. Once the coyotes cleared the area however, the deer calmed down a bit and Easton's hopes began to rise again. As if it were meant to be, just as shooting light was beginning to fade, Captain Hook made his way back and found himself standing broadside to the tower stand at 20 yards. Easton's PawPaw whispered a word or two of encouragement, and the Parker Thunderhawk crossbow sent a muzzy-tipped arrow toward the deer, which found it's mark right behind the shoulder. Easton assured his PawPaw he had made a good shot. After trailing the deer a short ways and not finding it right away, the decision was made to err on the side of caution and resume the search the following morning. With the benefit of daylight, the deer was recovered quickly the next morning. Friday the 13th proved lucky for Easton, and celebration time was at hand. Easton had bagged his first buck ever...and in fact his first deer ever...on just his third hunt. To top it off, he had bagged his target buck, 'Captain Hook', which was grossed measured at about 121.5 inches. Easton was congratulated by his 13-year old brother, Elijah, who killed a big buck last season and was really rooting hard for his younger brother to follow suit this season. Major congratulations to PawPaw Jimmy Evans for helping his grandsons get started in the great sport of deer hunting, thereby helping preserve hunting's future. Well done!