The Les­son

Field and Stream - - GIANT -

Dave: The Freak proved that pass­ing up a younger deer with amaz­ing po­ten­tial can truly pay off. We also paid close at­ten­tion to his pre­ferred ar­eas, through trail-cam pics and ob­ser­va­tion, so when Lyla went into her blind that morn­ing, we knew she’d be watch­ing a plot that was in the Freak’s core area for that time of year.

Lyla: I love to hunt all day, but Dave wouldn’t let me do that un­til the wind and other con­di­tions were per­fect for my favorite spot. The Freak was on the food plot 90 min­utes be­fore dark, so it clearly paid off to wait. Our two grand­daugh­ters who are learn­ing to hunt were so ex­cited, and it’s pretty neat for them to think, Look at what grandma did!

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