Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Rite of Passage

After passing his hunter's safety course earlier this fall, Riley has been anxious to shoot something besides pop cans and paper targets. Last Saturday, he got his chance.


I'm told that the first buck is something special for a boy. I suppose it's a rite of passage that goes back to a time when providing for one's family involved putting meat on the table - literally. It was an integral component of the transition from boyhood to manhood.

In our rural world, that tradition is still very much a part of our culture. Hunting is a skill passed down from generation


to generation.


It's hard to tell which one is the proudest, isn't it?


Brother in Christ said...

A dandy first buck!! Well done Riley!!

Melody said...

Nice job, Riley! Our son's first buck is hanging on the wall in our living room. It's a whitetail, but it also has 8 points. Maybe that would be a good Christmas present, Mom....

Reddunappy said...

Woo Hoo


cndymkr / jean said...

Now what will you do with it? Do you eat the meat, use the skin or other parts? As you can tell I don't hunt and I'm curious to see what happens next.

Mum-me said...

I think the buck looks the proudest - wasn't it great of that buck to sit there all calm like that and pose for photos ...... oh wait! It's DEAD??? Wow, one time I'm glad I'm a city girl.

threecollie said...

That is impressive! Congratulations to him!

QuiltedSimple said...

what a great first buck!! Congrats

Doug said...

Nice work Riley!

Kath said...


I was going to ask the same questions as Jean.
And....will it be mounted?
Do you have it processed or do you take on the task yourself?

Anonymous said...

Oh Riley what a great job, I know that you will have some great meals from that deer. Your parents must be so proud of you. I only know you through this blog and I am proud of you,

Plowing and Sowing said...

Hey that is awesome. We still do that in Texas as well.

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