Ansen Nomm, 10, of Minocqua launched a couple of arrows the evening of Nov. 6, landing one where he needed to and taking his first deer ever. That deer was a nice six-point buck with a 10-1⁄4-inch inside spread.
“We were in the woods right next to a golf hole and we saw a few deer, but then the one deer came in and I missed him,” Ansen recalled. “He didn’t go very far, and he came back. And I shot at him again – and that’s when I hit him.”
Ansen was hunting from his tree stand on private land near a golf course when he got his chance at the Oneida County buck. He was hunting with his dad, Peter Nomm.
The duo had watched a couple of does which never stopped close enough to offer a shot. The does were being pursued by a spike buck.
“He kind of hung around for a little bit, but then he moved off,” Peter said.
Things stayed interesting.
They noticed Ansen’s 12-year-old brother, Jackson, who had been sitting in a stand near there walking by. As he did, a deer came up from behind Ansen and Peter. It was a six-pointer.
“Ansen was able to get up and get his bow ready in his hand without the buck noticing and then he got a nice draw,” Peter said. “He had a nice position on the buck and ... his first arrow went right over his back and missed him.”
The buck wasn’t completely spooked and only moved off a short distance. Ansen nocked another arrow and waited for another chance to draw his Parker Sidekick bow.
The buck came right back, but then lingered for a bit behind cover.
“It stopped right behind a pine tree, and Ansen had already drawn and, so, all of a sudden he had to wait,” Peter said.
And wait. Ansen held the bow at full-draw as long moments passed. Dad would eventually offer assistance.
“I could see he was struggling to hold it a little bit,” Peter said. “Fortunately, the buck’s head was behind the pine tree. So I was able to reach around Ansen and I put my hand on his bow to help him hold it up, reached my other arm around his back, held on to the bow so he could stay in position without having to let it go.”
Eventually, the buck would step forward. It looked away from the Nomms, so Peter was able to let go of his son. Ansen was looking at a 17- to 18-yard shot.
“About 15, 16 seconds later he took the shot and drilled him,” Peter said.
The wounded buck ran off. The evening was growing a little late as they set out to look for sign.
“We tried tracking him and we couldn’t find him,” Ansen said. “We kind of lost the blood trail and needed more light.”
A friend was called in to assist with the tracking.
“I really wanted to find it,” Ansen said.
Find it they would.
It wouldn’t take long. They soon found a pretty good blood trail and after 10 or 15 minutes, they came upon Ansen’s buck. It looked like the deer wasn’t going anywhere, so they left and got something to eat before returning for the chore of getting it field-dressed and out of the woods.
“My dad gutted him ... I watched,” Ansen said. “It’s kind of fun to gut them.”
This year is Ansen’s first hunting deer and he said it’s been enjoyable. He hunted the youth gun hunt without seeing any deer, but the bow hunting has been a little better.
“We’ve seen deer. I had a shot at another deer but missed that one ... he didn’t come back that time, though,” Ansen said.
“It was a nine-point – it was a big one.”
Ansen was sitting with his mother, Lisa, on that night.
Now, Ansen said he’s had some venison, which he likes, from his very own buck. Dad is proud.
“That was the second deer he ever got a chance to shoot at – and he got that one. Nice sized deer, too,” he said.
Ansen entered his six-pointer in the 2012 Northwoods Youth Deer Hunt Challenge.
Craig Turk may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.