Everett Terry, 8, of Richmond, poses with the three-legged deer he shot while hunting with his father recently. The deer was a six-pointer and weighed about 130 pounds. Credit: Courtesy of William Terry

The Terry family of Richmond has had a deer season for the ages this fall, with 8-year-old Everett Terry capping off a marvelous November with a buck he will always remember.

The family’s success began on Youth Deer Day, according to dad William Terry, when 11-year-old Rhys shot a doe that weighed 111 pounds.

Then, on the residents-only opening day, William filled his tag.

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“So at this point, Everett, my 8-year-old son, was really wanting to get a deer,” William Terry wrote in an email. “[On Nov. 9] I had a half day off from work and the schools only had a half day, [so] Everett and I were able to get into the stand around 2:30 p.m.”

William Terry said he spent considerable time teaching Everett how to shoot, and felt he was more than capable of hunting safely despite his young age. Everett also spent weekends setting up stands with his dad, checking trail cameras and scouting, as well as spotting deer.

On Nov. 9, the duo didn’t have time to get to Montville, where they like to hunt at the old dairy farm where William Terry grew up. Instead, they stayed in Richmond. With about a half hour of hunting time left, they saw what they thought was an injured doe.

“When the deer finally made it into the field where we were we noticed that it only had three legs,” William Terry said. “At this point, I thought I could see a couple of spikes, too.”

It did, and Everett eventually shot the deer, which turned out to be a six-pointer. After examining the deer, a butcher said he thought the deer had been born with three legs. William Terry said he thought the buck weighed about 130 pounds.

“[Everett] was so excited, and it is certainly a first deer I don’t think any of us will forget,” William Terry said.

And he said he and his family do not take the wild game meat for granted.

“I talk with my kids about being thankful for the animal to give its life for us,” William Terry said. “We are not starving, but we really enjoy the meat and the idea of how pure it is and that our great state can provide it.”

Get your deer yet? Have a story to share? Send your tale (along with some photos) to jholyoke@bangordailynews.com.

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John Holyoke

John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. He spent 28 years working for the BDN, including 19 years as the paper's outdoors columnist or outdoors editor. While...