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Buck of the Week: First eight-point

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Austin Hoekstra shot his first deer on the second day of the first firearm season. The 14-year-old from Beecher took the eight-point on public land in Jefferson County.


``He has been going with me since he was 6-years-old,'' his father Brian Hoekstra emailed. ``First time with a gun this year. He said he is hooked for life now. That's a great feeling!''


That is a feeling I hope to share some day.

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