The weekend before last was two firsts for me. It was the first time to take my four year old hunting and I took my first aoudad! I'm going to tell the whole story, if you guys don't mind. Got to Junction on Friday afternoon for my boy's first hunt. He and I have been talking about this for two weeks, practicing whispering, slow movements, etc. He's pumped. I pick out what I think is the perfect blind. Not too close to the feeder, not too far. The wife, boy, and I settle in at about 4PM, the feeder doesn't go off, and my son (and me, although I don't show it) are slightly disappointed that we didn't even see a rabbit. He did great! Didn't talk, didn't get bored, I was proud.
Saturday morning I knew I need for him to see a deer. We went to my favorite blind, although I knew it was close to the feeder and had a lot of "spook potential". We get in the blind before sunrise, feeder goes off, deer come out. I whisper, "Look buddy, deer." He says "WHERE". Deer run off. After about an hour and a half of watching and scaring deer, my wife whispers "Aoudad". Quick background - - I've been hunting and obsessing w/ the elusive aoudad for three years, since I saw my first one on our lease. Mr. Aoudad walks out of the woods, walks up to the feed pen, AND JUMPS IN. He decides to stay in the pen for an hour and a half. Needless to say, my son gets tired of looking at this goat after about 15 minutes. Goes something like this - - "Daddy, just shoot it". "Not in the feed pen, buddy." "Why". "Let's go, Dad". "My ears are hot (hearing protection), Dad." Besides learning that aoudad CAN jump fences, I also learned they are deaf. I threatened no dessert for the rest of his life and he settled a bit. To make a long story a little shorter, he finally jumps out of the pen to run off an 8-point that was eating corn on the outside of the pen, presents a shot, two broadside double lung shots w/ a .270, and he runs off w/out a blood trail. Tough animals. We found him about 50 yards away. What an awesome weekend to spend w/ my wife and son!
My son is so ready to head back to the lease. It's been hard trying to break him of deer camp life, though. He wants to poop in the backyard and burn trash in the fireplace.