Evan Annis has loved an unbelievable 12 months of searching.
On Oct. 19, He put the ending touches on three profitable seasons when he shot his first deer.
Evan beforehand had harvested two wild turkeys in the course of the spring season and bagged a black bear whereas searching over bait this fall.
He’s 8 years previous.
“It’s been a fairly magical 2021 for an 8-year-old,” Ethan Annis stated of his son’s prolific searching.
Evan tagged out throughout archery season whereas searching along with his dad on the household camp in Guilford. Ethan Annis, vp of Lary Funeral Dwelling in Dover-Foxcroft, stated he left a gathering early so they might get into their elevated blind.
4 deer got here into the meals plot that afternoon, solely considered one of which had antlers. Since a doe appeared to have two youthful deer with it, he inspired Evan to shoot the “spikehorn.”
Utilizing a Ravin R26 crossbow resting on a tripod, Evan fired and linked from about 10 yards away.
“I like utilizing the crossbow greatest,” stated Evan, who toted a 20-gauge shotgun for his turkey hunt and carried a Winchester XPR 350 Legend rifle throughout bear season.
“I like utilizing the crossbow as a result of it doesn’t kick and isn’t as loud,” he stated of the 2020 Christmas current.
Strolling close to his dad and his grandfather, Eric Annis, Evan discovered the deer solely 20 yards into the woods. What they found was not what they anticipated.
“After I noticed that it nonetheless had velvet on it — the opposite deer that I’ve scouted are all hard-antlered proper now — I sort of had a sense,” Ethan stated of the antlered doe, which weighed 128 kilos.
It made Evan’s first deer harvest all of the extra particular.
“The deer was enjoyable as a result of I shot it so shut and since I’ve been searching deer for yet one more 12 months and it felt nice to lastly shoot one after attempting for an entire season earlier than,” Evan stated.
Maybe it ought to come as no shock that Evan Annis can be a pure within the woods. He comes from an extended line of hunters that features his father and mom, each of his grandfathers and plenty of uncles and members of the family.
Ella Annis, Evan’s 10-year-old sister, additionally hunts and is pursuing her first deer once more this fall.
Ethan has burdened security along with his youngsters and stated Evan demonstrates super endurance within the blind together with good taking pictures accuracy derived from his in depth goal follow.
That was evident final spring when Evan went turkey searching on opening day along with his mom, Heather Annis, and his father. A bunch of 4 turkeys emerged, forcing Evan to attend till the group was separated considerably.
He knocked down two male turkeys with one shot.
Final month, he was capable of expertise bear searching camp for the primary time. He discovered the ropes and helped pay his dues by hauling buckets of meals to the bait websites.
“He bought to really feel the camaraderie round taking pictures a bear at camp,” Ethan stated. “He had that feeling with the bear and it put just a little fireplace in him [for deer season].”
Throughout what was a gradual season, Evan was ultimately capable of money in on his sixth sit. He shot a 100-pound bear about 250 yards from the place he would later harvest the deer.
“I preferred the bear searching as a result of they have been enjoyable to observe they usually have been humorous,” Evan stated.
Ethan Annis adopted Evan’s lead in October when he harvested a 348-pound sow whereas searching with canines.
Evan Annis is taking nothing without any consideration, however he has large plans for the long run.
“His mom and I each have a ‘grand slam,’ so he needs the grand slam,” Ethan Annis stated.
That includes harvesting a turkey, a bear, a deer and a moose in the identical 12 months.
There’s just one drawback. Evan received’t be eligible to take part within the moose hunt till he turns 10.
“I’ve spent my lifetime searching and there hasn’t been one other 12 months like this 12 months, that’s for certain. A lot of completely satisfied tears,” Ethan stated.
When he’s not out within the subject, Evan is busy with college and sports activities. He performs soccer, hockey and baseball. He’s additionally able to get out snowmobiling.
Within the meantime, he plans to savor all of his searching experiences and time spent along with his household.
“I like being outside with my household and watching all the animals whereas it’s so quiet,” Evan stated.