You glance over at your son, manhood already intruding on the boyish features. You reflect that this is the first time all week your son is not welded to his I-phone.
He stares out of the blind completely focused on the 50 grazing does. He can take one of the does, but with a flush of pride you know your son will hold out for a buck, but only 15 minutes of shooting light remains. You think back to the first hunt with your Dad, a day of frigid sleet and anticipation, rewarded finally by a small 2 x 2. It is one of your most cherished memories and you desperately hope that you son’s first hunt will be as unforgettable.
As the light fades, you sense a shift in your son’s intensity. A group of 6 bucks emerge from the willows and hurry to the feeding does. One is a respectable 4 X 4 and your son purposely slides home the bolt, just the way you taught him. He starts to slip his finger through the trigger guard aware that there are only a few minutes left to hunt. Then he stiffens. And you see it. A monster 6x6 has appeared in a tangle of cottonwoods. A tough shot through trees and brush. Your boy shifts the barrel ever so slowly, starts to slip his finger against the trigger… begins to tremble. You reach out and touch his shoulder. He glances over and your eyes lock and you nod with a hint of a reassuring smile. He turns back to the trophy buck, steadies, squeezes the trigger…
This is the Silver Star Ranch, 271 acres of prime pasture, cottonwood groves and river bottom in the extremely desirable Jefferson River Valley. The land boasts of well more than 1/2 a mile of Jefferson River frontage which offers excellent fishing for giant browns and the pastel streaked silver torpedoes that are the river’s fierce fighting rainbows. The area is known for some of the highest concentrations of whitetail deer and trophy bucks, massive moose, wild turkey, pheasant and excellent waterfowl hunting. And just a short trek into the surrounding mountains provides tho
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