Nine-year-old Nason Thalacker, son of Brandon and Jolene Thalacker, had an unforgettable experience in the woods last Sunday, Sept. 13, as he harvested the first black bear of his young hunting career. After a slow morning, Nason and his uncle, Jason Gowin, of Comstock, hit the woods for the afternoon hunt in a two-person stand. “At first, I fell asleep while waiting for a bear to come to the bait, and then Jason fell asleep. I said ‘bear’ as soon as I seen it, and then my uncle woke up and grabbed the gun for me,” Nason recalled. A perfect heart shot with his .243 rifle virtually dropped the 125-150-pound bear as he staggered less than 10 yards. “I knew he was down and then the trees started shaking where he fell. That’s when I got really excited,” Nason stated. Jolene initially was the recipient of the bear license, but transferred her bear permit to her son earlier this year. Now that Nason is tagged out, he said he’s looking forward to hunting deer and possibly some ducks this fall.

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