I realize it’s only February 1, but I think I’ll name this my favorite hunting video of the month.

What you’re about to see is a great dad, Thomas Allen, sharing an Alabama box blind with his 9-year-old son, Tommy. Perhaps I’m a bit biased because I’ve known the family since Tommy was born, but so many things the boy says after the shot make me remember those amazing times when my two sons killed their first deer.

Thomas will agree with me: No matter how big of a buck you kill yourself, NOTHING compares to the excitement of sitting beside your own child when he or she tags their first deer.

The shot distance in this wonderful video is 95 yards, and Tommy is using a single-shot .243 Win. Both father and son are wearing hearing protection – nice! – and while it turns into a bit of a rodeo in the box blind after the 6-pointer is spotted, the boys finally get their chance.

Pay particular attention to the young hunter’s breathing when the buck begins walking broadside, when Tommy knows from pre-hunt planning with his dad that a shot is now possible. That sound is magic to my ears.

After the recovery, you just can’t help but smile when Tommy lets out a rush of emotion: “There he IS!”

And I love it when Tommy says: “I was just . . . like . . . minding my own business in the chair.”

Finally: “This 6-pointer buck comes out of nowhere for me, but it comes out of somewhere for Dad.” Classic!

As Thomas states at the end of the video, if you aren’t taking the time to share the great outdoors with your sons and daughters, you’re missing out. Big time.

Congrats, Tommy, on your first deer! And thanks, Thomas, for sharing your special deer hunt with OutdoorHub.

Image is a screenshot from the YouTube video

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  • Nancy Jo Adams

    This is awesome! Congratulations, Tommy!! Our green fields down in south Alabama looked just like these and some worse without the rain. We used Nutri-Plot and they came in green and lush. Good luck to you the rest of the season if you are hunting. Awesome shot, Tommy!!

  • Bonzaipilot

    Congratulations Tommy on a beautiful buck. I’ll never forget the day that I passed up a beautiful shot on a 6 x 6 to let my 13-year-old son take his first buck and it was ultimately more rewarding than If I had shot it myself I’m sure your father is very proud of you.
    One thing I have to bring up though and please don’t think I’m trying to take anything away from your accomplishment as I’m not. Please pay attention to where are the muzzle is pointing when dismounting your rifle. In the video you brought the muzzle straight back towards your father and the camera after finding the buck and uncial during your arrival. I know that in the excitement that you did not realize it but in the future always be aware of where the muzzle is pointed. This is the first principle of gun safety and one that when unobserved can lead to dire consequences.
    Other than that you did everything right and it was a fantastic shot. Congratulations I hope the taste of that deer was one of the best meals you have ever had.
    Good luck in the future. I love the fact that your father was such a great teacher and role model. We as sportsman need to pass on our knowledge and heritage to our children and youth around us especially ethics. I was delighted in your patience in waiting to get the perfect broadside shot rather than taking a head-on shot that showed a lot of maturity and what an outstanding young hunter you are.