Girl’s first deer hunt puts meat in the freezer

Kingman resident Cadence Sterling is all smiles as she shows the first mule deer she has ever taken. Cadence took the buck on opening day in Unit 16A.

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Kingman resident Cadence Sterling is all smiles as she shows the first mule deer she has ever taken. Cadence took the buck on opening day in Unit 16A.

KINGMAN – In the past few weeks we’ve read stories about friends and family and their exploits on hunting deer and elk.

This hunting story has a different twist. This is about a young lady who is taken out on her first deer hunt by her boyfriend, who himself is an avid hunter.

Tanner Ragan is 17 and is quite the sportsman. A bowhunter, he has graced the pages of this paper with stories of successful archery elk and deer hunts.

But he also shares the outdoor experience with his girlfriend, 16-year-old Cadence Sterling.

Cadence, who had never hunted deer before, drew a tag for a rifle deer hunt in Unit 16A, the Hualapai Mountains.

Though this was her first deer hut, she has been hunting before. In 2015 she had harvested a javelina with her bow while hunting with Tad Levandowski.

This year Tanner had scouted the area where he was going to take Cadence hunting.

And he found a lot of bucks there.

“I bet I saw at least a dozen bucks when I was scouting before the hunt,” he said.

The night before the season opened, Cadence came to camp and was ready to go.

Up early on opening day, she and her guide soon saw two does and a buck. Moving slowly, they got to within 150 yards of the deer and Cadence got set up on the Trigger Stick that she was using as a shooting aid.

At the shot from her 270 rifle, the deer jumped and Tanner knew it was a solid hit.

But the buck moved off and as they were tracking it, they saw and then heard another hunter shooting at the same buck.

Tanner saw that the shots had missed and he told the other hunter that they were trailing the buck.

The hunter, in a good show of sportsmanship, agreed to leave so that the pair could finish the tracking job.

They decided to wait for a couple hours to let the buck bed down and hopefully expire. So they moved out of the area and waited.

A couple of hours later they started looking for the buck and soon found him. The young buck sported a 2X 2 rack that was 15 inches tall.

They are having a European skull mount on the buck done by their friend, Clayton Holloway.