This is a start. Jakob Pals bagged his first buck with bow and arrow just across the border in Newton County (Ind.) on Sept. 25 during Indiana's early youth season.
``The season is any weapon but Jake wanted to use his bow,'' dad Jeff Pals said. ``We were hoping for an opportunity at any deer, however, he was blessed with a 12-yard shot at a nice buck. Jake's experience hunting last year without getting a deer paid off and he made a great shot.''
And the Crete 10-year-old's trophy makes a great way to start Buck of the Week for 2010-11.
``This was the culmination of a lot of fun father-and-son time spent enjoying nature,'' Jeff Pals said. ``We ended the weekend by cooking some deer tenderloin on an open fire. I can't think of a better way to celebrate an animal's life in death.''
BOTW tops the Illinois Hunting Report on the outdours page of the Sun-Times each Wednesday. An extended online version appears here, usually by midnight Tuesday.
Last year, I didn't start running BOTW until early November. But I have faith of getting good enough deer to start it right away.
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