Reese Hawsey, and his dad Chad, of Tifton, have been hunting together for quite some time. Reese, who’s only 10 years old, has had several chances at killing his first deer, but luckily for him patience prevailed.
On the opening morning of rifle season, Reese and Chad went hunting on Turkey Pen Hunting Club in Wilcox County. The pair only saw one buck that morning, and it was too far out of range to shoot.
“Reese had been chomping at the bit to kill a deer,” said Chad.
The next morning the duo was only in the stand for a few minutes when two does appeared roughly 175 yards away.
“I made him wait until they got closer to us,” said Chad. “He was shaking so badly.”
At about 130 yards the deer turned to go back into the woods. Chad knew that if Reese was going to have a chance at shooting one, it would have to be soon. After a split decision, Reese shot.
“He squeezed the trigger, and the scope hit him between the eyes,” said Chad.
After making sure Reese was fine, he turned to the food plot and saw one of the deer on the ground. The two got down from the stand to check on the doe but quickly realized Reese’s one bullet produced more venison than they had expected.
“About halfway there I saw the other deer lying there,” said Chad. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Reese had dropped two deer with one shot for his first, and second, kill. The same bullet passed through the first deer and hit the second doe in the temple.
“What an amazing way to start his life as a hunter,” said Chad. “I don’t know who was more excited, me or him.”