Wayzata High School freshman Cole Ciardelli, 14, was alone in a deer stand on the edge of a field near Elk River the day before Halloween.
When he looked up from his cellphone, he was shocked to see an eight-point buck walking broadside in front of him. Cole drew back on his bow, used his voice to mimmick a bleating doe and shot just as the deer halted 20 yards in front of him.
It was his first deer kill ever and it came from the same stand used by his father two years earlier to arrow a similar buck.
“We now call that stand ‘The Great Eight,’ ’’ said Bob Ciardelli, Cole’s father.