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home : columns : columns May 28, 2016


1/16/2013 10:42:00 AM
It pays to wake up just in time

Joel Alvstad
Sports Editor


Ah, the joys of youth.
It can mean anything from a game with your friends, running around the neighborhood or farm to a nice, quiet outdoors nap on a warm fall day.
Yes, that nap can always be quite hard for a kid to resist. But for 12-year-old Emily Negen, waking up from that nap proved to be the greatest reward.
You see, back on the first weekend of the muzzleloader deer season, Emily was out and about with her dad, Kelly, hunting with a family friend. Emily was separated from the other two, hunting with her own permit for the first time.
"I went with my dad last year," Emily said. "This year, I was able to hunt without having a parent right next to me."
After not seeing any action much of the day and with the warm late-afternoon sun beating down, Emily decided it was the perfect opportunity to grab some shuteye.
But when her cell phone's vibration woke her up, that's when the excitement started.
"My dad could see me and he said there were deer pretty close to me," Emily said. "So I kind of got down and looked around."
About 50 yards away, she saw a large buck. Despite its large size, the buck only had a four-point rack.
"I was scared it was going to kill me," Emily said. "It was pretty big when it was standing up, despite only having four points. It was probably about 4:30 in the afternoon. The sun was starting to go down because it was after Daylight Savings Time. I saw another deer that came out of the trees. It ran into the bushes and scared my deer out. My deer hopped down the path toward where I was.
"I was laying out in the middle of the field. I'm surprised it didn't see me. I never got up. When it got to the top of the hump, it started to eat. I just put my knee up and shot it."
In a span of five minutes, Emily had gone from dreamland to tracking a downed deer.
Emily said the deer started to run away but didn't get very far before dropping in the weeds.
"I hit it about an inch away from a bullseye," Emily said. "About an inch from the heart.
"It made it about 50 to 100 yards before it dropped. I was really excited when we finally found it."
Emily said that some of the deer was eaten for supper the next night. The rest of the meat remains in the freezer.
As it turns out, Emily's successful hunt proved to be the only deer hunting success in her house this season.
"I was able to get a buck and my dad didn't," she said. "That was pretty cool. Well, I guess he hit one with the truck, but that doesn't count."
But none of that would have happened if she wouldn't have woken up from her nap in time.
"My dad doesn't know how I can just set my head back and fall asleep," Emily said. "You don't give a 12-year-old a lawn chair when she's out hunting. She will fall asleep."








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