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"Big Bull Elk for Youngster, Lexi"
Photo provided by: Daniel Cowley

Daniel Cowley writes, "At 7 years old, my daughter Lexi wanted to start hunting. She worked hard to pass hunters safety and then she was lucky enough to draw a youth New Mexico elk tag on the Valle Vidal unit. Over the summer, she would get up at 4:30 to go scout with me, hike several miles with me every weekend and she put in the hours at the range shooting the 6.5 Creedmore we bought her for her 8th birthday. Lexi and I decided we wanted to make this elk camp all about kids and we invited two of our great friends along with four of their kids ranging in age from 7 to 12 to join us. Opening morning we hiked 4 miles and didn't see an elk, but Lexi kept a positive attitude and we moved on. That evening after hiking 6 more miles, we found ourselves in a meadow below a ridge with a bugling bull. A few short minutes after setting up, this 303" bull stepped out and Lexi made a stellar shot at 167 yards. This hunt was a truly amazing experience to not only share with my daughter but also with our friends. Hard work and perseverance at any age will pay off in the end. We only have a limited amount of time to get kids hooked on the outdoors and hunting and I am glad we have several states out west that designate youth only tags allowing these types of hunts to happen."

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