Second chances

Editor's note: To accompany Deer Camp 2010, we've asked athletes, prominent figures and outdoorsmen to relate their first deer kill.

Edwin Evers, an Elite Series angler from Talala, Okla., had his best year of professional bass fishing in 2010, finishing in the top 25 in each of the regular season events. As one of the top 12 anglers, he qualified to fish in the postseason, ending the year in second place in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings.

Watching my brother-in-law Terry Butcher kill that buck bow hunting, he thinks there's nothing to it. He thinks, "Man, what's the big deal with this bow hunting?" I've been bow hunting a long time now and killed a few does.

As for my first hunt, I'll never forget my first buck. I think it may have been the first or second time I ever went hunting. I went hunting with a friend and I was in seventh or eighth grade.

I'm sitting there in the middle of this wheat field down in Texas up against a log jam, the sun is setting and here comes this deer. I mean it's silhouetted behind the sun and it's just got horns like this, but as a kid, I'm thinking it's just a monster deer and it was an 11-pointer.

It was about 150 yards -- no, it was 75 yards. I shot a .30-06, I just got it for my birthday, and I missed. Then, that thing ran out there a little further, so I shot again, and I hit it and killed it.

It was the biggest deer shot in that area for a while, in Wise County, Texas, outside of Bridgeport. I got it mounted and I still have the mount. It's the only deer I've got mounted.

I was proud of it. It was just a neat deer because I saw it silhouetted behind the sky and it come out on the rise and was standing right there. It was cool.

And that is still my biggest deer to date.