It's 5:37 PM on Thursday September 19, 2019 and the truck was loaded up and ready to go. My dad and I were off on our long journey to Augusta, Georgia. It was a 10 hour long drive with no stops but there was no way we were going the whole 10 hours without stopping. We arrived at the spot where we were meeting Mr.TJ at 9:13 AM. Once he got there, we followed him to where we would be staying. When we got to where we were staying, I saw a bunch of RV's and they said we would be staying in those. I was excited because I had never stayed in one before. I thought we were spending that day to get to know everybody and hang out with them but something very special came up.
I was offered a special hog hunt about an hour from where we were staying so that evening we packed up the truck and headed that way. When we got there we pulled into an open field with some trees behind it. There was this big van with cameras on it out in the field that I kept wondering about. Once we got out the truck we met the person who would be taking us hunting and Mr. Bryan who was apart of Holy Southern Outdoors with Mr.TJ. He took us over to his van and opened it up, there was a lot of gear in there. He helped me get the gun ready and we took it for a little target practice back in the field. At first I was very nervous to shoot the gun because I didn't know if/how it would kick and how loud it would be so I had my dad shoot it first. Then we all loaded up into the van and started driving to the fields. Inside the van we could see what the thermal imaging cameras on the outside could see so we could tell if there was anything out in the fields. We checked many fields and saw many deer and coyotes but no hogs. We were all getting tired for the night when we approached the last field. Nobody could believe it. There was 1 hog in the last field. We all got out the van and stalked up on the hog about 250 yards in a peanut field. I had a 30 round magazine that I was told to unload but when it came down to it 1 shot was all it took for me to drop that hog. At about 12:00 in the morning I had shot my first hog ever in Georgia. We took our photos, gutted and butchered the hog and then packed up and headed back to the RV site. Later on that morning at about 4 AM I had to wake up to go deer hunting. We got all of our stuff and put it in the Razor. We drove the Razor about ¾ of the way to the spot and then unloaded and walked to the tree stands. My dad and I sat in a two man seater while Mr.TJ sat in a climber. All morning we hadn't seen any deer so we headed back to the site and ate some of the most amazing breakfast I ever had. Then we hung out with some of the other guys I had never met, Sam and Zack. Once the afternoon approached we all prayed together and then went to our evening hunting spots. Nobody had seen anything for a couple of hours when 2 deer came close to the tree Mr.TJ, my dad, and I were sitting under. We were positive that the doe standing in front of us saw us so we didn't want to move. It kept stomping its feet and we were in a stare off. Finally Mr.TJ told me to let the arrow fly at the deer at 10 yards. The deer took a 360 and ran into a patch of woods. While we were waiting to give the deer some time, we called everyone to tell them and they were ecstatic, especially Sam. He had also just shot a doe but it was his first bow kill ever so it was very exciting. First we took the Razor and went and got Sam and his deer. On the way back to where my deer had ran into the woods we picked up Mr. Bryan and Zach too. Mr.TJ told me I had to track my own deer and I was kind of excited and kind of nervous because I had never done it on my own before. I found the first spot of blood and then I was on it and for the spots where I got stuck they were all there to help me. When we finally found the deer we went Facebook Live so everyone back home in Maryland could see. When we went to go take picture we felt 2 little knots on the deer's head and we realized it wasn't a doe, it was a button buck. We then went back to the site and called in both deer and gutted and butchered our deer. Afterwards we cleaned up and made dinner and hung out. I was having so much fun that time slipped away and it was time for bed because we had to leave the next morning. We all went to sleep in our RV's as the morning was coming upon us. When we woke up we had one last meal together and took our last pictures of the hunt before we began our journey back to Maryland. We all said our goodbyes and gave our hugs and at 8:56 AM our truck was loaded up and we were off. Maryland here comes one of the best hunters, you've ever seen . That was the most exhilarating hunting experience ever and I know one thing, I will never forget it.