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Jamie Engel, 16, of Nisbet, killed her first buck on the first day of rifle season in December.
The 11-point deer sporting a 15-inch inside spread was shot with a .243 single-shot rifle only an hour after she and her father, Lear, arrived on state Game Land 75 in Oregon Hill, near the South Side Sports and Leisure Club, of which the father and daughter are members.
Jamie Engel, 16 of Nisbet, shot her first buck — an 11-point — on the opening day of rifle season. She downed the animal with one shot from her .243 rifle while hunting on State Game Land No. 75 with her father, Lear Engel.
But it took them almost 4 1/2 hours to track down the 165-pound buck, as it fled after being shot on the cold morning.
"It was pretty nerve-wracking," Jamie said, and quite unlike the experience she had when she shot her first doe at the age of 13 on her uncle's land.
Engel shot that deer a mere 30 minutes after she started
her hunt. It took off running as well, but only for about 40 yards before succumbing to its lung wound.
"It was awesome," Jamie said, as is her exceptional early years as a hunter of big and small game.
Jamie hunted turkey last year but did not harvest anything. She hopes one day to hunt bears, that is, if her father is up for it as well.
A 10th-grader at South Williamsport Junior-Senior High School and an outfielder on the junior varsity baseball team, Jamie got her hunting license when she was 12 years old, after her father sparked her interest. He has been hunting for 25 years and bagged his own eight-point buck last year during archery season.
"I enjoy taking her out and spending time with her," he said of his daughter.
"She was the only girl at our club on opening day," he added proudly.
The club, which consists mostly of friends and family, had its best year last year, Engel said.
"We took three bucks during archery season, two eight-points and a seven-point," he said. "And two during rifle season, one of which was Jamie's." The other, an eight-point buck, was taken by Engel's cousin.
Jamie's sister and mother do not hunt but that's OK, Jamie said.
"I like the rush and being in the woods and being with my dad," she said.
Jamie plans to have her latest buck shoulder-mounted. Out of the deer meat, she and her family have enjoyed hot dogs, burgers, jerky and a roast.