After growing up a quail hunter and never setting foot in a deer blind for the first 50 years of his life, Barry Bryant was introduced to deer hunting by his son Daniel about 5 years ago. Daniel had already been hunting for 5 years himself, going on annual trips with his college buddies to the eastern part of the state and then building stands on family property in Yadkin County to extend the hobby closer to home. What started as a way for this father and son to simply spend time together has since turned into the obsession it does with so many. On Thanksgiving Day, November 26, and December 1, only five days later, the Bryant Boys' love of hunting paid off.
For the first ten years Daniel hunted on their family farm, he never saw a buck larger than a small 8 ptr. Because of this, he started practicing deer management, only shooting doe and larger 8s, while also dissuading hunting neighbors from killing the young bucks he knew would quickly mature into good size 8s or larger.
For three years Barry sat hunt after hunt refusing to shoot a doe and passing up multiple 6 ptrs, while simultaneously going all in by buying two quality rifles and scopes. Then last year on the day before Thanksgiving he shot his first deer, a nice 8ptr shot at nearly 300yds. Though excited and satisfied with his first kill, he knew that it still wasn't the trophy he'd been waiting on.
Fast forward to this season, and the deer management and persistence has paid of for the Bryants. On 11/26 Barry shot this pictured 10 ptr that roughly scored in the 130s and five days later on 12/1 Daniel shot his pictured 11 ptr. Barry's walked out 75 yards away at 9:30, right before he was about to get down and head home to prepare for the family Thanksgiving celebration. Daniel killed his after leaving work early on Monday 12/1. He saw it follow a doe out of the woods about 150 yds away as he walked to his stand that afternoon. While the father and son do hunt alone, on both of these days they were hunting nearby farms and were able to share in the full experiences together. This incredible 5 days was truly a blessing, and its significance was not lost on either of them.