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Tuesday, July 24. 2007
At the opening of Deer hunting season each year, the Georgia Game and Fish Department hosts a special Deer hunt for twelve to fourteen year olds on Sappelo Island which lies several miles off of the Georgia coast, between Savannah and the Florida state line. The state supplies the food and the deer, which have over run this small island. Drawings are held in August and the winners get to participate in a two day hunt in early November. Randy, my youngest son, and I had applied in August 1977, but weren’t drawn.
Randy, age 12, and his Sappelo Island Deer.
Applying in August, 1978, we were notified that we had been drawn and for us to report to the Game and Fish Department, Sappelo Island Ferry by 12:00 PM, on Friday, November 11, to be ferried to the island. We were told to bring our sleeping gear, tents were OK and for Randy to be ready to hunt by 2:30 PM, of that day.
Excitement reined in our house the weeks before the hunt. Randy didn’t have a rifle so we went to Oshman’s and bought him a Remington 660 bolt action, carbine, in .243 caliber. This wouldn’t “kick” him too much and with a Weaver 3X9 scope he would be able to score a hit at over two hundred yards. We added two boxes of Remington, 100 grain, .243 bullets and the entire bill came to less than $250. We sighted it in at the River Bend Gun Club and the rifle and scope shot right on the “money”. At that time this little rifle was Remington’s “loss leader” and today, 30 years later it is a much sought after item by collectors.
Posted by Jon Bryan in Hunting at 08:05 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
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