10th-grader teaches family deer -hunting lesson
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
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.