This is my stepson's first deer. It was the second time he has been hunting. It was a spike that had half of one of his antlers broken off. Still a trophy to him. He and I were both happy. Shot with a Rossi single shot 223 with 65 grn. sierra gameking reloads.
The smile on his face says it all.
I think he's definitely hooked now! That smile has to just make you so happy and proud of him!
Congrats! Looks like you found a hunting buddy for life. I, for one, know how important and sometimes difficult that stepson/stepfather relationship can be.
Congratulations on his first of hopefully many deer.