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October 27, 2010 - 7:46pm

Elba teen bags 10-point buck

posted by Gretel Kauffman in elba, hunting, outdoors, Deer, bow hunting.

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Early Saturday morning, Alexis Aratari surprised herself by killing her first buck -- and then surprised herself further when she discovered that it was a 10-point deer.

"It was really shocking," she says. "My heart was going about a mile a minute."

The feat, which is impressive for anyone of any age, was even more incredible in Alexis's case due to the fact that she has only been hunting for two years.

"It's really rare to have girl hunters, especially teenagers, get that big of a buck," the 16-year-old explains. "So it was really lucky that my first buck was a 10-pointer. It was beginner's luck."

Alexis, who goes out hunting every day during the season, says that she spotted the buck at around 8:30 Saturday morning. When she shot at it with her bow, it dropped right away. Her father, Mike Aratari, who was in a tree on the other side of the field, had seen the buck earlier and hoped that she would get it.

"We both thought it was just a six- or eight-pointer," Alexis said. "When he heard the shot, he yelled for me to stay up in the tree and he looked at it and told me it was a 10-pointer. I couldn't believe it."

"Now he says he has to try to top it," she laughs. "He's been hunting for 20 years, and he's only gotten two 10-pointers."

Hunting is clearly in Alexis's blood. Along with her father, her uncle and aunt also enjoy the pastime.

"All my family is really proud," she says. "We sent them all pictures, and my uncle in Florida has been telling everyone about it."

So what exactly will become of the massive buck?

"We're sending it to get mounted, and we're going to put it up on the wall next to my dad's 10-pointer," she says with a grin.

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Gretel, wonderful post, thanks for sharing. In a sport where men make most of the headlines, this is a unique story. Congratulations to Alexis and her dad!
Gary Spencer
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She'll have a freezer full of yummy meat to eat all winter long!! Congrats Alexis!!
Doug Yeomans
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WTG Alexis! How rare it is that a girl hunts with her dad and even more rare that she's a bow hunter. Your dad must be a very patient man. Bow hunting is in a class all by itself requiring a lot of self control and dedication. I first went out deer hunting with my grandfather when I was 8 so this makes my 39th season in the field. I've never even seen a buck like that one in all those years.
Susan Brownell
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Congratulations Alexis!! That is a great deer!!
Lisa Falkowski
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Congratulations, Alexis! This is a great accomplishment for any young person - male or female; but, hey ... here's one for the girls!
Mary E DelPlato
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just what i love to see pics of dead deer and proud hunters...gee look wat i killed...if i go shoppin for food can i have my pic posted?

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