Young Hunter’s First Buck Confusing due to Collar, Tags, Circumstances

Young Hunter’s First Buck Confusing due to Collar, Tags, Circumstances

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This tagged-collared deer was part of a sterilization program in Virginia. (Photo: Jonathan Thoburn)

Part of the process of becoming a hunter is understanding some of the stranger aspects of things kids have questions about and adults take for granted.

We graybeards often forget what it was like to be seven or eight years old back during those first hunts and trips to camp. My father was a butcher in our grocery store so I was accustomed to meat and blood. Didn’t bother me a bit. But I remember the first time I saw a deer cut open, warm aromatic guts spilling out, and the amount of blood and other interesting stuff inside, it was cool and gross and…



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