It was about 8 a.m. on day two of the Wisconsin gun deer season when Nicholas Elg, 11, saw the four-point Northwoods buck he would tag.
Nicholas was visiting from Homer, Alaska with his parents, Sarah and Craig, who are originally from the area but have resided in Alaska for about 30 years.
The Elgs were hunting in the Harshaw area. Nicholas was toting his great-grandpa's gun - a .30-30 Marlin.
The stand Nicholas used was situated on the edge of some new growth. After a bit of a wait, the four-point buck showed up.
"We went up in the stand ... we were there sitting at 6:30 and we waited for about an hour and a half and I shot it," Nicholas said.
The buck was travelling alone when Nicholas spotted it.
"I was excited because I hadn't seen anything ... that was the first deer [I] saw in four days, three days," he said. Nicholas had been out scouting prior to the opener.
The four-point buck marked a first and a second for Nicholas.
"It's my first buck, not my first deer though," he said.
Last year during the gun deer season, Nicholas managed to bag his first whitetail - a doe.
The buck Nicholas got this season required no tracking after the approximately 50-yard shot.
"It just tipped over," he said.
Nicholas was sitting with his dad when he got the buck.
"I usually sit with my dad or my mom. Either one," he said.
Dad was hoping for good timing and a good shot when his son got his chance at a buck.
"I was just ... hoping he wouldlwait for the right time because it was pretty close," Craig said. "It was looking at us. I was hoping he'd wait until it got broadside - it almost was broadside - but he shot it right in the neck, so it went right down anyway. I was just hoping it was a good shot - which it was."
The old Marlin lever action Nicholas was using is equipped with basic iron sights.
"The body is really big," Nicholas said of his buck. He said he helped drag it out of the woods.
"It was really heavy," he added. Nicholas said he enjoys eating venison.
The older Elgs hunt as well. Craig shot a spike buck Saturday and said he got a glimpse of a larger one. Sarah said she had seen a doe.
As the season progressed, the family planned on doing some more hunting.
"I think we'll hunt the mornings and the afternoons from now on," Craig said.
Nicholas has plans to make a trophy from the buck he got himself.
"Nicholas is going to make a European mount. He's going to see how it turns out. He's done a cow before, that he found out in the desert," Sarah said.
"This'll be a little easier than the cow," Craig added.
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