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10-year-old Will Kryder makes first shot count on a 10-pointer during youth season

Does feeding in a field in late October get a big buck on its feet for the Kryder family during the youth deer hunting season.

The statewide youth deer hunting season that ran in Minnesota from Oct. 21-24 offered kids a chance to get into the woods over their fall break from school, and the Kryder family took full advantage with a big buck for 10-year-old Will.

Dan Kryder was hunting with his 11-year-old son, Keaton, on their family property around Perham, while his younger son, Will, was with his grandpa, Alexandria’s Steve Herzog, in a different blind on the property.

“It was just before dusk and they had their eyes on several does that were grazing across the field when a large buck broke through the trees,” Dan said of Will and Steve's hunt.

Will got his scope on the buck at 60 yards and waited for the deer to turn and offer a shot. He pulled the trigger on his rifle, and his first-ever shot at a deer hit its mark as the 10-point buck went just a few steps before falling.

“The boys helped harvest the deer and they are looking forward to country style breakfast sausage from Miltona Custom Meats,” Dan said. “They named the deer Larry and plan to mount him in their bedroom. Of course, when Will got home he changed the name of his fantasy football team to 10 point Buck Slayer. A weekend that we will all remember forever.”

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Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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