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1/23/2013 6:01:00 AM
Snow, and game, greet Kingmanites visiting Nebraska
Twelve-year-old Kael Juelfs of Kingman shows off the 5 X 5 mule deer buck he took on a recent hunt in Nebraska. Sharing the excitement are, from left, brothers Kade and Kohen.
Twelve-year-old Kael Juelfs of Kingman shows off the 5 X 5 mule deer buck he took on a recent hunt in Nebraska. Sharing the excitement are, from left, brothers Kade and Kohen.

Don Martin
The Great Outdoors

Arizona is a state where many non-residents bring their kids to participate in our generous juniors-only big game hunts for elk, deer, javelina and turkey. The state also offers great small game and predator hunting.

But after hearing about how Nebraska deals with young hunters, I've got to admit they have a very good system when it comes to letting juniors hunt there.

"You just get on the computer and buy a tag," Joe Juelfs said. "Deer tags cost just $6 for juniors."

Juelfs grew up on the family farm in Nebraska. His family, for more than 100, years has owned about 2,000 acres of land that they have farmed and ranched on.

Juelfs, who now lives in Kingman along with his family, still goes back to Nebraska every year to visit and take part in some of the great mule deer hunting on the ranch.

This year, the family hunt turned out to be very special for two of Joe's sons, Kael, 12, and Kade, 10.

It had just snowed when the family arrived at their home, which is located about 34 miles north of Sydney, which as we all know is the home of Cabela's.

"It was perfect," Juelfs said. "When we got there the boys changed into their camos and headed out to hunt."

Kael was with his cousin Rich, while Kade was with his father and grandfather.

"It happened very quickly for Kael," Juelfs said. They almost immediately spotted a huge buck with a couple of does along with a small two-point buck.

At a range of 200 yards, Kael took aim and fired a shot from a 270 rifle. The shot was true and soon he wrapped his hands around the antlers of a giant mule deer buck - a buck that anyone, anywhere, would be proud of.

The buck was a 5 x 5 with lots of mass and length.

"That buck scored just over 190 inches gross and weighed an incredible 280 pounds!" Joe said. Joe's 72-year-old father, Bill, told him it was the largest mule deer buck that was ever taken on the ranch.

But the success didn't end there.

Another cousin had also bagged a 4 x 4 and said there was another mature buck still in the area, so out they went with Kade.

Just before dark, they found a group of about 15 does and with them was a nice 3 x 3. A shot from a 22-250 and Kade had his hands on the antlers of a good Nebraska buck.

But that wasn't even the end of the hunt for the Juelfs family and friends Jim Fuller and Ray Smith, both Kingman residents.

They go back to Nebraska every year with the Juelfs family.

Before the season ended, the group took 12 mule deer bucks.

"There is great hunting back there," Juelfs said. "We have mule deer, some whitetails, even elk occasionally on the property."

Juelfs said that there have been mountain lions seen on trail cameras, and there are coyotes and bobcats around too.

"We also have turkeys, pheasants, quail and dove. It is a hunter's paradise."

The country where the Juelfs' ranch is located is a mixture of high grass plains with nearby areas of pine trees and deep canyons.

"Our neighbors raise corn and wheat so game there is well fed," he said.

Juelfs noted that one morning between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. he saw at least 60 mule deer.

Now that is what you call a good hunting story.

This was a hunt that featured family and friends, sharing the wealth of game that has roamed on the land for eons, and of young men who are learning from other family members what it means to earn the right to be called a sportsman.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Throwing Up

@ Founding Fathers.

We haven't learned from past mistakes. While we don't whip our slaves and whore out our sisters now we take the rights of hunters and law abiding citizens who chose to live a different life style then you. Sounds like your a passive oppressor. Sooner or later someone is going to take a right that you enjoy and then you will reap what you sow. You have to stand up for all peoples rights not just your own. Those boys killing that deer didn't hurt anyone, oppress anyone or cost anyone any money or time. If you don't like it don't do it. What makes you so holy. The only person that has a right to judge is GOD and I don't think your him. Oh and by the way all you animal rights activists do is talk and give money to organizations. Hunters go out in the field and build waters and pick up old barbwire fencing and take a hands on approach to conservation, in otherwords they are not just talk.

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman Teacher

I taught two of these boys, and I can tell you that they are great kids. Both boys regularly earn citizenship and academic awards. They are simply great kids.

Yes, I do believe that their parents should be proud. They are good boys who do not deserve some of the judgmental comments they have received.

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: these pictures .

At least they are not on the top of the page.

@Janet Udave-I agree with you. We shoot at targets, not beautiful animals.

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Founding Fathers

The people that created this great country didn't mind their own business either. They had a dream that was centuries before its time. That ALL of us had God given inherent rights to life and liberty. Of course at the time, it was still perfectly legal to whip our slaves, whore our sisters and daughters and justify genocide on millions native people. They were all good ol' boys too, until more people that shared in our spirit came along and wanted these rights to apply to everybody, even women, blacks and natives. Now they even think that wild animals have the right to live and share the land. Thank goodness for the people that don't just mind their own business.

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Throwing Up

@ Janet Udave

We don't tell you which trees to hug, so don't tell people how to live their lives. These boys are good kids, who play sports get good grades and don't get into trouble. The problem is it's none of your business what people do as long as it's not against the law. Long live hunters and the men who created this country.

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: a mother of a hunter


These boys are atleast outdoors not playing video games, shooting up schools, or being brats who sit on their butts all day long! The family will most likely eat this deer its alot cheaper than buying beef in the grocery stores and atleast they now what they are eating! And for you information they have to study and go to classes before they can even hunt these animals!!

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: Janet Udave

This picture of these smiling youngsters displaying this dead buck deer is quite repulsive, and why would the Miner paper even venture to show it to readers who are against Killing animals just for kicks, or so they seem to think it is. Proud Mothers of these boys, Wow. You taught them well. Give animals the chance to live out their lives just the way you as humans are trying to do.

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: N A


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