(As told by dad, Jeff Sackett)
A few weeks before the gun season opened, my son, Colin, and I tried to move his tree stand to a new location. We hunt in southeastern Minnesota on private land we own with extended family in the bluffs of Wabasha County. Colin arrowed his first buck when he was 14, and he’s a big proponent of antler point restrictions. Now he’s a freshman at Luther College in Iowa. The lock that secured the stand was broken, so his perch wasn’t moving. On the Friday before the gun opener, Colin climbed into the “locked’’ stand with his bow at 1:55 p.m. Ten minutes later he drew back on a 10-pointer that stood 24 yards away. When his shot passed through the deer, it ran a short way, looked back and fell over. I think he might keep his stand where it is!