I thought I would start a thread as I work thru this adventure. The season prep was going well I had a 2 acer field that I had planted in red and white clover and two in the woods staging areas/ kill plots that I had started last year prepped this year in Austrian winter pea, grain rye and forge oats. So in August I put up three ladder stands and prepped a fourth spot to use a climber so I had a set for the wind as follows field stand east/north east, creek stand north/northwest the house stand south/south west, the climber stand west/northwest and a wood platform stand for a northwest wind. So the opening weekend in Virginia was a washout. I hunted Saturday October 3 in the evening and Sunday morning saw no deer I did not hunt Sunday evening as I had to be at a HOA meeting as the HOA President. At the meeting one of the neighbor’s grandson came up to me and asked if he could hunt my land. I have a 25 acer piece that is east coast suburbs. So I told the kid (Blake 13 years old) that he could hunt with me but not if I was not hunting the property. So he tells me that’s what he meant to say. His Grandfather tells me the kid is all into archery and hunting but the Grandfather knows nothing in the world of archery so I agree to coach the kid. The adventure begins. We agree to meet at my house Tuesday after work so I can see him shoot and give him a list of things he must have to go with me. My train was late and I did not get home until after dark so I went to Blake’s house. We reviewed his gear he is shooting a Parker bow at 45lbs and 26in carbon express pile driver 100 gr tip. This setup gives him a 385 gr arrow with a foc around 11 and they tell me he hits bullseyes at 20 and 30 yards and was shooting in a league “just killing it”. Next on the list was the broad heads he had two 1.5 inch mechanical NAP spitfires a three blade fixed and a Muzzy MX4 a four blade fixed. The kid informed me that he planned to shoot the spitfires I told him to put them away until he could pull at least 60 lbs. Both of the fixed blades had no edge left on them. I think they had to shot them into a sand pile. The list was starting to show some shape- one three pack of the Muzzy MX4, a safety harness, three life lines and a Dead Down Wind scent free kit. As fate would have it I had a death in the family and had to go home to northwest PA. I returned home around 2:30 AM Saturday and did not get up to hunt Saturday morning but I had three leftover ladder stands that I spent the morning putting up so I could get him on the hunt and in the air. We put up the safety lines and told him to be down to my house around 3 pm for our first hunt. He said he had camo but he showed up in a pair of dark sweatpants and a black long sleeve t-shirt. He did have a camo baseball cap .I told him scent control is first then movement in the stand camo is way down the list and not to worry. I showed him how we sneak into the stand and how to tie a bowline knot to haul up his bow and he clips in on the safety line up we go. Our first hunt was at the field stand with the wind north/northeast. I gave him a wind checker along with a spare warm weather baklava I had and told him he needed to think abought gloves. The kid is florescent white. Of course he wants to shoot squirrels and as long as he with me I know the wind direction LMAO. At the last 20 minutes of the hunt I see three does coming down the trail just like they had read the play book. I get the kid to his feet and bow in hand one of the yearlings is broadside at 30yds.I am thinking this is way too easy. The deer play around for five minutes or so and head into the field. No shot taken so I ask if he had a shot and he said he was not comfortable with the opening that he had. I told him that was a good decision and that was a good hunt even if he did not shoot. The next day Sunday AM we are at the house stand with a southwest wind and at dawn I see a doe out around 60 yards so I get Blake to stand up. I may have been better off to have him sit until he saw the deer. I have him around 10 yards to my left and he is looking at me so the deer was directly behind him. When he gets up this time he jumps up turns around quickly and starts jerking his head around the tree looking for the deer. Blake saw the deer as she signaled to the rest of the world something is wrong she busted him and up went the flag as she bounded away. That was it for Sunday AM. I explained to move his eyes then his head and to slow down slow way down. Sunday afternoon I had him shoot the practice Muzzy and he is limited to 20 yards for deer. Blake hit ok at 20 yards but missed the target at 30. I told him to change up some of his form and we will shoot each weekend in the afternoon to get him good enough to add 30 yards to his hunting distance and to practice at home each day if he could. Sunday evening we got skunked but we had a good lesson in clothing as he showed up in insulated camo coveralls and it was around 75 degrees so before we got to the stand he was a mess, overheating ect so we get in the field stand and he decides to take off the coveralls and he has a black short sleeve T with bright red letters. I will update this with shorter post as we move thru the season in search of Blake’s trophy first deer.