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Tuttle teen bags trophy on her final youth deer hunt

BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, Published: October 23, 2011

Darrin Rader's two daughters have been following him on deer hunts since they were 5-years-old.

And each year since they were old enough, the Tuttle resident would take his two daughters deer hunting during the deer gun youth season.

Last year was the final youth season hunt for his oldest daughter, Riley, who has since turned 18. Last weekend was the last for his youngest daughter, Raegan, who is 17.

“She will be too old to participate in the youth hunt next year so we really wanted to make this a special year,” Rader said.

Raegan, a seasoned hunter who harvested her first deer when she was 8 , didn't shoot a buck during last year's youth season because she never saw one that she liked.

Hunting in Woods County last weekend, Raegan also passed on several smaller bucks that Friday night.

However, she was rewarded for her patience Saturday morning when she was able to stalk and intercept a nice 10-pointer that she and her father had seen through the binoculars earlier in the morning.

When Raegan took the shot, the buck “jumped and bolted, making it about 80 yards before piling up, bringing an end to several years and many, many hunts with my two girls during the youth rifle season,” Rader said.



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