Twelve-year-old Emily Norton of Martinez has accompanied her father, Billy, for two seasons prior to the 1997-98 Georgia deer season, but this time it was different.
This time, she was holding a Remington 7mm-08 youth model rifle while in the tower stand on the Devereaux Hunt Club property in Burke County.
"She didn't see the deer right away, but you could hear it," her father said. "I said, `Don't you hear it?' She said, `No, my heart's beating too loud!"'
The deer stepped out to where Emily could see it and she dropped her first whitetail with one shot from about 60 yards.
"We hugged each other before we climbed from the stand," her father said.
Before going deer hunting on Dec. 27 with his father, Robbie, Vince Robertson III had:
-- since the age of 5 accompanied his father on the latter's successful bow hunts.
-- killed his first deer when he was 7.
-- killed his first buck, a 5-pointer, earlier this season.
This time, however, the 9-year-old bagged his first trophy buck, a 155-pound 8-pointer, on private land in Richmond County. He used a .243 caliber rifle and killed the buck from 150 yards.
The Evans youth's hunting trips are always closely supervised by his father.
Waynesboro, Ga., attorney George W. Fryhofer may not remember the first deer he killed many years ago, but he's not about to forget the first one killed by his grandson, Will Dent.
The 10-year-old celebrated the New Year and bagged a button buck on Jan. 2 in Burke County.