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December 17, 2017

12/1/2017 7:28:00 AM
Youth hunter JJ Albee reviews his deer season
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JJ Albee’s high level of confidence prior to the hunt paid off with this nice 6-point buck taken Sunday, Nov. 19 while hunting with his dad. Albee made a great 130 yard shot to down his buck.
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JJ Albee’s high level of confidence prior to the hunt paid off with this nice 6-point buck taken Sunday, Nov. 19 while hunting with his dad. Albee made a great 130 yard shot to down his buck.

Beckie Gaskill
Outdoors Writer


As reported before the nine-day gun-deer hunt, 13-year-old youth hunter JJ Albee felt very positive about his hunting experience and his chances of bagging a good buck this year. He hunts with his dad on his family's land where they have a food plot. He reported seeing 20-30 different bucks on his trail cameras. That being said, he felt his chances of bagging one of them at some point through the gun season was about 100 percent.

While some hunting is luck, preparation is also key. Albee had been scouting his bucks and paying attention to what was happening where he would be hunting. This preparation helped him bag a nice six-point buck this year, his third year of hunting.

"We sat all day all weekend up until I got my buck," he said. "It came in on Monday about 3:15 chasing a doe. It slowed down a little bit and then stopped to eat. It took a couple bites and I was already on it, so I shot it right away."

The buck only ran about 60 yards, he said, and went down, making it easy to find.

Albee said they had not seen much in the first two days of hunting, so when this particular deer come through, he decided to take a shot. In all, he reported he and his dad, Alan saw approximately five spikes, an eight-pointer and a five-pointer. He believes the herd is coming back a bit, but that it will be slow going to continue the growth. He said he and his friends had all been seeing a lot of deer on their trail cameras, but they seemed to be scarce once the seasons started.

"I think it is just because of the rut," he said. "The bucks are pushing the does all over the place. A lot of the bigger bucks are pushing the does into more secluded spots like the thicker woods because they don't want to be out on the field edges and places like that."

Albee was happy with his hunt this year and looks forward, as always, to the next time he gets to sit in the woods with his dad. He hopes people will start seeing more deer as the years go on and that the herd will continue to come back, no matter how slowly.

Beckie Gaskill may be reached via email at bjoki@lakelandtimes.com.





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