10th-grader teaches fam­ily deer -hunt­ing les­son

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL - BY KENT JACK­SON STAFF WRITER Con­tact the writer: kjack­son@stan­dard­speaker.com

Jade Sency, a 10th-grader at Ha­zle­ton Area Acad­emy of Sci­ences, comes from a fam­ily of hunters, but nei­ther her fa­ther nor any of her un­cles ever shot a deer as large as the one that she brought down Mon­day.

Sit­ting in a tree stand with her fa­ther, James, on land owned by one of her un­cles in Black Creek Twp., Jade could see about 100 yards in any di­rec­tion in the early morn­ing light of the open­ing day of the ri­fle deer sea­son. A small doe scam­pered in. Min­utes later, two more does walked up.

Then a buck fol­lowed. “I never thought a deer that ma­ture and that wise would stum­ble out,” Jade said.

The deer was mov­ing quickly.

“I had to an­tic­i­pate where it was go­ing,” she said.

And she had to wait un­til she had a clear lane through the trees to fire her sin­gleshot ri­fle.

T he deer moved into a space be­tween two trees about 30 or 40 feet apart and 50 yards from her tree stand. She aimed at its shoul­der. The deer “just dropped in its tracks,” she said.

Her buck had a 10-point rack, which she will prob­a­bly ask a taxi­der­mist to mount, while her dad butch­ers the deer into sir­loins and burg­ers.

“I just like the steaks in gen­eral,” said Jade, who also en­joys potato soup to which her mother adds chopped deer steak.

Be­tween deer that her fa­ther and un­cles have taken over the years, Jade, who is 15 and lives in We­ston, has had am­ple op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple veni­son. She also downed a doe ear­lier this year with a cross­bow from the same tree stand in which she shot the buck.

Her f ather and un­cles taught her to shoot and have been ad­mir­ing the re­sults.

“They were just con­grat­u­lat­ing me non-stop,” she said.

At school, Jade com­petes in soc­cer and track, and she play son a travel soft­ball team in the sum­mer, but she also plans keep mark­ing deer sea­son on her cal­en­dar.

“I know I’ll prob­a­bly never get as lucky as I did on the first day, but I still would like to go hunt­ing and try to top what I got,” she said.

“I know I’ll prob­a­bly never get as lucky as I did on the first day, but I still would like to go hunt­ing and try to top what I got.” Jade Sency 15-year-old hunter

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Jade Sency, 15, of We­ston, poses with the 10-point buck that she shot in Black Creek Twp. on the open­ing day of ri­fie deer sea­son. Jade comes from a fam­ily of hunters, but none of them have man­aged to take a big­ger buck.

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