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  1. mad88minute

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    I signed my 14 yr old son up for the Texas youth hunting program. He was selected for a hunt out in Sonora at the Turkey Crossing Ranch.

    We have been hunting in Sonora before, he was in the blind when we took a few doe and was present when we quartered and processed them. He didnt feel comfortable shooting the higher powered rifles so he was on 22lr coon and skunk patrol.

    Fast fwd 2 years, he has been to Hunter safety and the range.

    I just bought a 7mm-08 CVA for his trip. I'll be scoping I and zeroing it with him shortly.

    I'm not an avid hunter only slightly experienced. Any words of advice for us?

    Anything I'm going to forget that I'll need?

    Hopefully in a few weeks I'll be posting pics of my son's success.

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  2. ZX9RCAM

    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

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    Awesome!
    Great memories....

    I killed my first at 8 years old.
     
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  3. MisplacedTexan

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    That will be a great time. Since its a public land hunt, don't forget your hunter orange. I believe you may be required to have it.

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  4. MisplacedTexan

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    Actually disregard, thought it was at a state park property.

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  5. GonzoLonzo

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    Just out of curiosity, how does your son shoot that rifle? I am just asking because it is very light and recoils more. I got my daughter hunting in the TYHP when she was 15. I got her a 7mm-08 Thompson Center Venture which she loved. But on some of those hunts, I saw a few kids who couldn't hit the target during practice because the recoil was hurting them so much and they were flinching and all other bad habits and they had CVA's in .243. But if he shoots it well then great because that is an excellent round. As far as things you will need, your hunt master will be getting with you and letting you know what to bring. The basics are your hunting license, proof of hunters ed, sleeping bags, a good set of binos for both of you. Factory boxed ammo, no reloads are allowed. Good hunting boots, knives, ice chest, ice. They will provide all meals. Some places have bunk houses other places it's camping only. You will also need orange vest for both of you and an orange hat for you. They will provide him a TYHP orange hat.
     
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  6. mad88minute

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    First off I want to say, if you have children, DONT SIGN YOUR KIDS UP FOR THE TYHP!

    I want better odds in the following years when I sign my son and daughters up . I don't need your competition.

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    Update.

    We completed the hunt this weekend. It was amazing, fun, and very educational.
    Im hardly experienced so I learned as much as my son.

    He shot 2 doe, I called him off of the third she was maybe 1.5 years old.

    It was very cold this weekend making it perfect in my opinion.

    Excuse the crappy photos taken thru my binoculars. IMG_20191012_091646970.jpg IMG_20191011_181840490.jpg IMG_20191012_193105970.jpg IMG_20191011_170647524.jpg

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    Thanks for your words of advice. All good tips.

    Leading up to the hunt we practiced with 2 rifles, the new CVA in 7mm-08, and a Ruger American Ranch in 762x39. We brought both but my son was more accurate with the Ranch. Probably less kick, so less flinch.
    On the 7mm-08 he didn't like the full power loads, did much better with the light recoil ammo I bought.

    He used the Ranch to take both doe with Remington core-lokt ammo.

    The first shot was in the heart. She ran 20 ft sprayed blood and fell over.

    The second one was a lung shot. Knocked the deer over right on the spot.

    A member here named Fireinthewire sent me a nice 30 Cal muzzle brake I'm going to move over the the CVA ( I got the threaded muzzle version anticipating this problem) IMG_20191011_160812634.jpg IMG_20191011_162601919.jpg

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  9. ZX9RCAM

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    Congrats to your boy!
     
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