Hunting is a family affair for the Bill and Barb Millard family of rural New London.
And now Bryce Millard, age 10, is part of the deer hunter lineage.
He sat in Grandma Barb’s new stand in a woods near Manawa with his grandfather (Poppa Willy) the evening of the Youth Gun Hunt. They went into the woods at 4:30 p.m. and Bryce shot a 3-point buck at 6 p.m.
Poppa Willy said his grandson was cool as a cucumber when the deer came in. “He used his mothers 20-gauge and did a fine job.”
Meanwhile, Bryce’s sister, Aubrie, age 13, sat with her father, Paul, and waited for a 7-pointer to come into range. Both young hunters shot their deer from around 60 yards. Aubrie’s deer was shot through the lung, but still ran a distance, and needed tracking.
A second set of grandparents, Gary and Rita Barrington, were glad to help with tracking. They were all able to share the excitement of seeing the first blood trail and finally the downed buck.
Dawn Millard, mother to the hunters, brought the four-wheeler from the house to retrieve the deer.