On opening day of the 2013 firearms deer hunting season, Nov. 9, Summer Hardy, 11, Nisswa, made a perfect behind-the-shoulder shot at a nice doe, using her late stepgrandfather’s (Don Kelcher of Merrifield) rifle on her grandfather’s (George Soldner of Emily) deer stand on his Emily property.
She was standing with her dad, Randy Hardy, when she got her first deer.
Her mother, Roxanne (Soldner) Hardy, was also hunting this year (her third year), so there were three generations of family hunting on the same property. Although Roxanne grew up in an avid hunting family and married into an avid hunting family 20 years ago, she did not start hunting until 2011 at the request of her dad and her son, Samuel, 13.
Roxanne grew up on the Emily property that her parents, George and Bette Soldner, still live on and where the family has been deer hunting the last few years. She drew a doe tag for the first time this year and shot her first deer (a doe) with a front-and-center neck shot, also using one of her late stepfather-in-law’s rifles, on the last day of season, Nov. 24.
She was standing with her son, Samuel, on her mom’s deer stand on her parents’ Emily property. Samuel could have taken the shot, but his greatest desire was to see his sister, Summer, and his mom shoot their first deer this year.
Showing incredible sportsmanship for a young man who loves deer hunting, he insisted that Roxanne take the shot.
George Soldner, 80, also shot a deer (a buck with a perfect behind-the-shoulder shot) four days into this year’s season, on Nov. 12, while standing on his own deer stand. Like three years ago — when then 10-year-old Samuel shot his first deer and Soldner also got a deer — the youngest and oldest members of the family’s hunting party harvested deer this season. In addition, Randy shot a buck on the second day of the season.