Sam and jd -- First Blood

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  1. jds holler

    jds holler Gold $$ Contributor

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    Day begins with the early service at church. Then home to do a little custom work on Sammie's rifle. She's had a little trouble with no cheek weld for off-hand shooting -- scope too high, face too small. We combined our Okie skills and come up with a good solution.

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    That done, we headed to the nearby "squeak fields". Squeak is the local name for ground squirrel, and descriptive of one of the common noises they make.

    Weather was in the forties, both temp and wind. There were squirrels out, but not a ton, and we had to set up and wait quite a while for them to start popping up. I wanted Sam to have a crack at a nice close one for the best chance of a clean shot on her first kill. The squirrels wouldn't cooperate, and she finally spotted one at a good distance and took the shot. I didn't see the hit, but definitely heard it. "THWOCK" A look with the binocs revealed a squeak doing the death flop.

    Well, I suggested sitting still and taking more shots, but she'd have none of it. We had to go retrieve the kill.

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    I really couldn't believe how far it was - 85 freakin yards!! And a perfect boiler room shot. She was proud, and I was even prouder. However I refrained from putting a smear of skanky rodent blood on her cheeks.

    A few minutes after getting set up again, she made a shot on a close one, busting his punkin.

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    Sammie started pestering me to do some shooting, so I unlimbered the trusty Bee, and sploded a few.

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    By this time the wind was screaming so hard we could hardly keep our hats on, so we called it a day, and headed back for food and drink. We both killed only a couple squeaks, but couldn't have been happier if we'd have killed a hundred. In a few years, maybe we'll have this kind of fun with her first buck. And with that one I'll be smearing her cheeks with blood.:) jd
     
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  2. Rocketvapor

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    Saw the title with "blood" in it and first thought was you hurt yourself again :)
    But, this turned much much better.

    Congrats to the proud dad.

    My daughter, also a Sammie, was bout the same age with her first squirrel.
    She dressed it out and wanted to keep the head. NO !!
     
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  3. 500yards

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    She is natural, what a great young hunter.
     
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  4. 1shot

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    What a great story! More kids these days should be so blessed with opportunities like this. Good on you @jds holler!

    Lloyd
     
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  5. 17VLD

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    Awesome story,bet when she grows up she will vote republican too:)
    Nice to see today’s youngsters getting mentored properly!
    Matt
     
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  6. std7mag

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    Congratulations on the memories that will last both of you your lifetimes!
     
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    Congrats to both of you on having a good day together. Her sweatshirt says it all.
     
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    The story and pics are priceless, congrats .
     
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  9. Bill K

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    Thank you for sharing the hunt and the hunters.
     
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    Good story of making memories. Here is a tip for low cheek weld problems I came up with. You can take one of the elastic stock ammo slip on carriers and place it on the stock. Then take a piece of the cheep blue closed cell sleeping mate that you can get at places like Walmart in the camping section and cut pieces to the size you need to slip under the elastic carrier to raise the comb to the height you will need. I used this method on a K-31 Swiss rifle that I put a clamp on scope mount that set the scope slightly off center to the right and was pretty high. Works like a charm.

    I also used this closed cell material under a piece of split elk hide that I laced at the bottom on the stock of my Sharps 1874 model 45-70 to keep it from breaking my jaw when shooting longer ranges with the Vernier sight raised to the point I had to lift my cheek off the stock. When my buddy saw it I had to make him one also for is Winchester High Wall 45-70.
     
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    Absolutely wonderful!! Congrats to you both! You go girl!!
     
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    Thanx jd, I am uplifted. Mike
     
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    And Mike, I'm uplifted by your and everybody's interest and comments.

    Sam and I aren't related by blood, her being the daughter of my step daughter. I've never had any kids of my own, and Sammie's dad died just before she was born.

    I think that God brought us together so that I could learn the kind of love that a kid needs and gives, and for me to return that love and put some security and sanity into her life.

    I'm kind of a 63 year old reconstruction project, and this relationship of ours is going a long way towards turning me into an actual well rounded human being.

    I'd like to suggest that anybody who gets an opportunity like I've been given, to become a part of a kids life -- well take it. jd
     
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    Hey JD good for you- its a great thing youre doin. Who woulda thought Im 63 and never had kids either. Keep up the fine job youre doin.
     
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    Congratulations to your young Hunting Partner.
    And Yep the Young Ladys' Tee Shirt Says it All!!
    Another outing or two and she'll be shooting the "BEE".
    JD you are Truly Blessed!
     
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    God Bless ya JD
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  17. 17VLD

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    Wow this thread just gets better and better!
    Was just talking to the G F about taking the step Grand babies calling coyotes when they are old enough,I am thankful for the green light and the opportunity to do so in the future.Lord knows there is enough pain in this world,God Bless all the mentors here and especially you JDS for sharing this.
    Matt
     
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  18. Alguapo

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    Perfect.
     
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    Dammit, making eyes water - early spring, pollen -crap.
     

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