As Lisa told Jack he would be coming up the weekend before last, Jack told his mother that he knew this weekend would be the weekend that Cody let him shoot the .243.
Of course, he was right. Jack has been bred a hunter. Cody and Jack fed the deer when he was just a little guy. Poor Jack, at the age of 2-4 thought that seeing deer was as easy as throwing corn out for them. It almost always worked for him. In the past three or so years, Jack has begun to shoot. Starting, at first, of course, with a Daisy Red Rider. Last year he began using the .22 and a .17.
As Cody took Jack with him to the deer stand this year, they discussed that Jack was ready to try the .243. And, that shooting the .243 meant Jack could shoot a gun with enough power in order to actually hunt deer or hogs. Jack couldn’t wait. But he had to wait. They couldn’t shoot at the lease during deer season.
So, along came the first weekend he’s been up since deer season ended. He and Cody went out along with some friends to shoot. From what I’m told Jack did quite well with the .243. He also shot some sorta pistol and one shot with the .410 single shot. Lisa and I stayed home but Jack kept us informed of how it was going with a couple of texts:
Cody said they were down there looking at the laundry detergent bottle when the cap to the bottle finally came down from the sky- perfectly in tact.
(OK, so it was just pictures. Mind you, not a big fan of him having the phone at the deer lease but loved knowing how it went. . . ah, texting in an 11 year old’s world)
Monday, because we were all off, we went out the deer lease for another round of target practice. So, of course, I had my camera. It was strictly the .22 and .243 this time. And it was more real life hunting situation. Cody had Jack shoot coke cans, a water bottle and the remaining portion of a case of cokes from inside the deer blind.
Jack’s a great shot and amazed even Cody. It’s great that Jack is a dead-eye and I get a real kick out of the confidence boost that it gives him. One thing is clear, this year Jack will get an opportunity to hunt for deer himself this year. He’s ready! He’s been bred for this.