A Girl’s First Deer

A Girl's First Deer by Robyn of Modern Hunters featured by Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

Back in late November, Robyn harvested her first deer. We’re excited to finally share the full story of that hunt. The tale is featured on the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Backcountry Blog. Check it out here: A Girl’s First Deer.

Two years of learning, preparation, and scouting combined with countless days and nights in the backcountry preceded this hunt. After last year’s failed mule deer hunting and a successful mule deer stalk (but with no shot taken) earlier this fall, Robyn’s success during the last weekend of rifle season was all the sweeter. We’re now savoring some of the most delicious meat either of us have ever tasted. ‘Grateful’ is the word that comes to mind.


  1. Hi Robyn and Nick, what a great story! FYI, the URL on the Backcounty Hunters & Anglers Blog has changed, it is now http://www.backcountryhunters.org/a_girl_s_first_deer

  2. Just read your blogs and all are very interesting. I have been a hunter of duck,rabbit,hare,possum,pig, goat and deer for almost 60 years and I still love every minute of it. I am primarily a meat hunter and eat what I shoot. Here are some of my thoughts/tips. The younger animals always taste better.

    1. Girls first shoot: Well done all round. It is perfectly normal to feel a bit sad for the animal after a kill. I don’t think that this feeling ever goes away. Where I live we would only rarely skin a deer or pig in the wild. This is just a recipe for getting the meat dirty and fly blown. We gut them and carry them out whole with the skin on. This method also allows the meat to cool off quicker. They are heavy, but if there are two people they can take turns with the carry, or the carcass can be cut in half. The exception would be if the kill is made a very long way from camp or car. Then we would skin, bone out and section the meat to carry in a back pack. It is very important that the meat has cooled properly before it is packed tightly in a back pack. Your race to get your meat vacuum packed and in the freezer on the same day is also not good. Game meat needs to be hung for several days before freezing. It will taste better and be more tender if you do this. In hot climates where this is impractical we usually just refrigerate it for 5 days or more before packing up and freezing. Obviously if the carcass is carried out whole it will need breaking down and skinning/boning before you can fit it in the fridge. The disadvantage is that it is easier to skin a warm animal than one that has hung and set, however it is easier to cut up the meat once it has set. It is perfectly normal to feel a bit sad for the animal after a kill. I don’t think that this feeling ever goes away.

    2. Camo clothing: Great blog of yours – I was just about to buy a Blue Camo shirt – looks like the manufacturers didn’t do enough research before they produced these. On the other hand whilst these are obviously no good for hunters they could be very good for trampers/hikers to prevent them from being accidentally shot. I understand that blaze orange at a distance of several hundred yards just looks brown to the human eye, whereas United Nations Blue stands out very well. Blue is the only colour not seen a lot in nature.

    3. Scent Masking: I have never tried the fancy clothes or products but for many years I have worn rubber lace up boots or even short rubber gum boots / half wellingtons, because I read somewhere that rubber leaves no scent on the ground. During the Roar / Rut it is common for hunters to remove the pizzle and surrounding smelly skin area and hook it through their belt, or place it in a string bag tied to their belt in the hope that the scent will draw in other deer. Rubbing it on your boots also helps.

    4. Trophy Mounts: These have never interested me but they don’t offend me in any way. I had a friend who shot a huge Wapiti / Elk and had the head mounted just before buying his first house. He had the house built with a very high sarked ceiling on one side of the lounge, a bit like an old church. The ceiling was some 20 ft high and this monstrous head mount still dominated the room. His wife absolutely hated it. There was a feeling in the room that if it fell off the wall it might kill someone.

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