Local 10-year-old bags first-ever deer on Saturday

Ten-year-old Kaden Kleiner, Hillsboro, poses proudly next to his first-ever deer, a buck. Kaden and his father, Ryan, were sitting in a homemade ground blind in a hedgerow overlooking a wheat field before first light Saturday, Dec. 4. His grandfather, Craig Leppke, was sitting in the same hedgerow about 10 yards behind them watching a pasture to our south. Leppke hollered that a buck was approach the pair from behind. Father and son army-crawled over to the other side of the hedgerow. Ryan got up against the base of the hedge tree and Kaden got down in front of him. Kaden was using a barbed-wire fence for support for his gun. When the buck came within 30 yards of the pair, Leppke made a sound with his mouth to get the buck to stop. Battling nerves, Kaden shot his gun; the buck ran only 50 yards before falling. The buck is a 10 pointer, but has two tines broken off. The buck must have been a fighter, Kaden said.

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