Brooke Carpenter, 8, of Bridge City, killed her first deer while hunting with her dad, Brian, in Sabine County.

The pair took to the woods on a recent Saturday evening during a youth hunting weekend. When the spike buck came into view, Brooke shot her youth model 243, and dropped him on his first shot.

The third grader and her dad began the high-five ritual as soon as the buck dropped. Brian Carpenter said “While they were celebrating, the deer slowly got up and eased into the woods. Brooke went from high-fives to worry that she wouldn’t find him.”

On a quick search of the wooded area, the pair found the deer laying in the woods. Brooke’s first shot had been true, and right on target.