Posted 9/27/16 (Tue)
By Kevin Killough
Hunting season was a full-on success for one Tioga teen.
Megan Ward, 13, snagged a 161 4/8ths-inch whitetail buck last weekend during North Dakota’s limited Youth Deer Special Season.
“I’m so proud of her,” said her mother, Stacy Vejtasa.
Her step-dad, Scott Vejtasa, said her brother, Jared, was the first to spot the buck through his binoculars.
Megan put on her orange, and Scott put on his lucky hat. They drove the truck around to get a good angle.
There were three of the deer feeding off a field in the Tioga area. The buck was about 320 yards away.
Jared and Scott spotted the buck again, but Megan could not see it. She said she was getting really nervous trying to find it in her scope. She was shaking with excitement.
“They blend in with the hay bales,” she said.
She finally spotted it in the scope of her Browning 270, which Scott had given her.
Scott advised her to aim high for the distance. And then she pulled the trigger.
“You dropped it,” Jared exclaimed as the buck went down.
They went running up to it, hoping it wouldn’t run off.
“It felt like I was flying. I was really happy,” Megan said.
Scott showed her how to deliver a second shot to be sure the deer wouldn’t get up again, and then they posed for a picture with her trophy.
“The girl can shoot. That’s for sure,” Scott said.
Her mother said with such a short window to get a buck, it was lucky they spotted it in time.
Stacy added most of her friends are happy for her with a few exceptions.
“Some of the boys are a little jealous,” she said.