By: Milo Raoof
I recently had the opportunity as an Academics Afield Intern with the Georgia Wildlife Federation to hunt deer on private land with a crossbow. Mrs. Bashford and Mrs. Minchey organized and led the hunting event and we all had so much fun! We learned all about proper crossbow hunting techniques, scouting/stalking, and even had a bonfire with venison burgers to close out the evening. This was my first time shooting with a crossbow and I like it a lot. I am working on perfecting my aim while shooting rifles. With the crossbow, it felt like it fit me, and my aim was much better. My experience shooting with the crossbow gave me confidence on my hunting journey and I am eager to start shooting again.
While on the private land waiting for deer at our designated hunting spot with Mrs. Bashford, I felt a oneness with nature and the majestic deer we were looking to hunt. We remained quiet and still while we saw two does trot and gallop across our crossbow scopes. They were approximately 50 yards away and unfortunately out of our target zone to shoot but seeing them was amazing. Now, I cannot wait to get back out there and try to get one. Being able to harvest my own meat for consumption is of vital importance to me. It is deeply gratifying to be able to work with nature and be successful at harvesting game for survival. I look forward to more hunting experiences with knowledgeable professionals like this in the future.
The Georgia R3 Initiative is a cooperative effort between Georgia Wildlife Federation, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division, National Wild Turkey Federation, the Georgia Chapter of Safari Club International, and Ducks Unlimited.
Academics Afield is supported by a grant (#F22AP00937) from the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Programs of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Academics Afield: gwf.org/academicsafield
Georgia R3 Initiative: https://gwf.org/r3/
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About Georgia Wildlife Federation
Georgia Wildlife Federation was founded as a sportsman’s organization in 1936 and is Georgia’s oldest conservation organization. Today, members include hunters, anglers, bird watchers, hikers, educators, and all Georgians who are interested in preserving our natural resources and outdoor heritage.