REPUBLIC - Cody Carlson waited years for Monday morning. After taking a hunter safety class when he was 9, participating in youth hunts and building his own deer blind this summer, he was ready.
The 13-year-old Champion resident made the trip to his family's camp in Republic this year, not as one of the kids, but as a hunter in his first official deer season.
And a successful season it was.
His first official deer season and 13-year-old Cody Carlson bagged an 8-point buck. Here Carlson stands with his buck late Monday morning. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)
Around 11 a.m. Monday, Carlson shot an 8-point buck.
"You should have seen my eyes when I saw that thing," Carlson said.
Sitting in the blind, it was his father, Andy Carlson, who first spotted the buck, but he didn't say anything to his son, just that he heard something coming. Then the buck stepped out into the open.
"It came out and I said it's a shooter," Andy Carlson said.
His son took care of the rest.
"I was feeling pretty good," Carlson said. "We had seen it on camera a couple times."
Leaving camp at 6:30 a.m. Monday, Carlson said he saw about a dozen deer before the 8-pointer, which appeared just before they were about to leave the blind.
"It is pretty cool to have a deer hanging out here with all these guys," Carlson said of hunting with his father, grandfather Gene Skogman and two uncles.
The family's camp was built by Skogman and his father in 1958, with Carlson being the first of Skogman's grandchildren to start hunting at the camp. Mom is Kerry Carlson.
"He got to look out the window (in previous years). That's all," Skogman said.
For Carlson, who will be returning to classes at the Republic-Michigamme School for the rest of the week, Monday's hunt will mean a great story to share with his friends, several of whom were also out hunting Monday.
"We do like to see who gets the biggest one. We like to joke around with each other to see who gets the biggest," Carlson said.
Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.