Thirteen-year-old Nick Goodman has already enjoyed more success than much older, seasoned hunters.
The Rim Country Middle School seventh-grader's most recent accomplishment occurred Oct. 18 when he downed a three-point Whitetail deer while hunting with his father, Ty.
The father-and-son hunting team was glassing ridges and valleys in hunt unit 23 near Rye when they spotted the buck grazing more than 200 yards away.
Due partly to the distance, it took three shots from Goodman's .243 Remington rifle before he eventually dropped the animal.
"It seemed like a long shot to where he was," the teenager said.
The buck was the second Whitetail, and the third deer, the youngster has bagged. His other deer was a mule.
When not hunting with his father, who is a licensed guide and longtime local hunter, Goodman is a standout athlete for the Maverick football team.
When asked which sport, hunting or football, was his favorite, Goodman said, "They are both a lot of fun, I can't pick just one of them."