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In deer hunting — as in many other pursuits — success sometimes comes down to a pretty simple equation: You have to be in the right place at the right time.
Taylor Pinkham of Bucksport proved that recently when she headed out with her father, Greg, when a prime stand became available.
That stand belongs to 12-year-old Taylor’s older brother, Hunter, who was at a school robotics event.
It didn’t take long — about an hour — before the hunt got exciting, Taylor said in an email.
“[We] see a deer [sneaking] off into the woods, but it was behind too much brush to take the shot, and soon it was gone,” Taylor wrote. “[We were] very disappointed, but we tried calling it in with a call and about five minutes later, near the same area as before, out steps a huge deer.”
Taylor said the brush was no longer a concern, and she knew the deer was a buck. She didn’t realize it was a large 10-point buck, nor that it would tip the scales at 184 pounds.
The deer was Taylor’s second in three years of hunting.
Taylor said her brother wasn’t too pleased that she shot such a nice deer out of his stand, and said he has forbidden her from using her stand in the future.
Despite that hopefully temporary conflict, Taylor said she considers the day a huge success.
“This is a moment I’ll never forget as long as I live, and I can’t wait for next year of hunting with my dad,” she wrote.
Maine’s regular firearms season on deer ends one half hour after sunset Nov. 24. Muzzleloader season extends deer hunting until Dec. 1 in northern parts of the state and until Dec. 8 in many zones farther south.
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