First Buck Taylor County

Payton's deer
Payton Everett and his father Rick proudly pose with Payton’s big deer his first buck.

My cousin Rick’s son Payton recently harvested his first buck. He sent me the story to share it here. Congratulations Payton on a fine buck deer hunting in Georgia.

Payton’s First Buck

It was another hunting trip down in Taylor County Georgia. Me and my dad were following his hunting buddy and long time friend down to his deer camp. We left on Friday afternoon as soon as my dad got home from work. It was a two and a half hour trip down to Taylor County. We got to camp at about 10:00 p.m. As soon as we stepped out of the truck we knew that it was going to be a cold weekend. We found something to eat and then jumped in the bed.

       I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and bundled up it was about 16 degrees. We ate breakfast and headed for the woods. My dad’s friend dropped us off at the double ladder stand we were going to hunt and headed to his stand down the road.

The Morning Hunt

That morning an 8 point walked by my dad’s friend’s stand. It started off in the opposite direction of our stand so he grunted at it to get it to come our way. I guess he thought that the big boy was after him so he took off towards our stand. We heard him coming and spotted him bolting our way. I threw up my 7mm-08 Remington Model 700 and tried to find him in the cross hairs. It was so thick I couldn’t see anything so I reluctantly clicked my safety back on and watched him walk off. We headed back to camp to eat and get ready for the evening hunt.

Quick Bite to Eat

       After we ate and opened up some more hand warmers we headed back out. I hunted the same stand that I had seen that 8 point that morning and my dad hunted another double ladder stand in some thick pines on the other side of the road. I went all evening without seeing anything. My dad saw a doe and told me that that was the spot he wanted us to hunt the next morning. I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to get a shot at a deer. We grilled out steaks that night and headed to bed.

Evening Hunt

       I woke up the next morning and decided that today was the day. I bundled up and my dad and I walked to the stand where he had seen the doe the evening before. After a long walk through the thick pines we got set up in the stand and I knew that this was the place where I was going to kill my first deer. I hunted hard all morning and about 7:43 my dad told me to get ready that here comes a deer. I spotted the movement and found him in my cross hairs. My dad couldn’t see him but I told him that I had him in my cross hairs. I took my safety off and shot. He tucked and ran. My dad asked me if I hit him and I told him that I made a good shot.

My dad’s friend called on the radio and asked if that was me that shot and we told him that I had shot a buck. He told us to hunt for about thirty more minutes and let him see if he could kill one.

No Blood

first buck
Payton Everett harvested this big deer.

       I was so anxious by the time he got to us. We climbed down and went to where I shot him to look for blood. We looked for fifteen minutes and couldn’t find a drop of blood.  All we found was some cut hair and some kicked up pine straw. I knew I made a good shot but I was beginning to second guess myself.

My dad’s friend told me and my dad to check some thick stuff and he went back to where we found some hair. He told us that he might have headed for a gully that was close by. He called on the radio and told us that he had found him. The deer headed for the gully just like he thought he would. My deer had run 80 yards. I was so excited when I found out that he was down. We walked to where he was and I couldn’t believe it I had shot an 8 pointer.

I had made a good shot right behind the shoulder he was quartering on us so it exited a little far back on the other side. We back tracked him and he didn’t start bleeding until right before where we found him. I was so happy I had finally killed my first deer.

Hunt Details

Payton Everett

My first deer

8 point

11/23/08 7:43 a.m.

Taylor County, Georgia

Remington 7mm-08

5 thoughts on “First Buck Taylor County”

  1. Son I have enjoyed spending time with you Hunting. I was so Glad to be in the stand with you when you got your first deer,and what a deer he was!! God has truly blessed me with a GREAT Son. I look foward to a life time of Hunting with you!I would like to recomend a Great book Payton finally got me to read this deer season! It has change the way we deer hunt.It’s called FAITH HUNT. YOU CAN FIND IT @ FAITH HUNT .COM Thank You Adam for posting Paytons story!!!!

  2. Well said Rick. I want to thank Payton and you for letting me share the story of his first buck on my site. I know it is a memory that both of you will cherish for the rest of your lives. Spending time in the great outdoors is a privilege that I hope the next generation will grow up being able to enjoy and help preserve so their sons and grandsons can enjoy it. You being there with Payton when he harvested his first deer, spending time with him, and taking him hunting, tells me that you are a very good father raising two smart bright young men. And I am sure both of them will be very successful in whatever they do, and will lead happy productive lives.
    Congratulations again Payton, on a great deer. I hope you take your son or daughter or both hunting with you one day and are there when they harvest their first whitetail. You can take your dad with you too so he’ll be there when his grandson takes his first buck.

  3. Congratulations Tori! That is a great story! I bet your dad was proud of you shooting a 10 pointer. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story.

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