They’re all going to finish up in Ridge Tweedie’s bed room.
Elements of the turkey, the moose, the bear and the deer that make up the 11-year-old’s 2023 looking grand slam will change into mounts that Ridge will show on his personal partitions.
Ridge Tweedie of Newburgh earned his grand slam patch when he killed his deer on Nov. 4, ending a quest that started with the spring turkey hunt.
The younger hunter had wished to do the entire thing whereas he was nonetheless 10 years previous, however he turned 11 on Oct. 31, simply days earlier than he received his deer.
Ridge hadn’t determined to strive for his grand slam till his father Ryan Tweedie was drawn for a moose allow on which his son was the subpermittee.
With a moose allow in hand and a few spring turkeys already registered — together with a pleasant Tom he shot with a 20-gauge shotgun — Ridge determined to go for his patch.
The moose allow was for Zone 11, roughly within the Haynesville space, in the course of the second week of bull season. Ridge is a beginning linebacker for a soccer crew that performs on Sundays. The day earlier than the moose hunt started, he had the one evening recreation of the season and didn’t get to camp till midnight. They rose at 4 a.m. on Monday to start their hunt.
Ridge’s group noticed a number of small bulls in the course of the first couple of days, then lastly noticed an enormous moose. Whereas the adults have been attempting to resolve if that was the one, Ridge allow them to know that he wished a moose that had paddle antlers. The hunters let it go.
Lastly on Friday, after seeing a cow and calf and one other cow that morning, the looking occasion noticed a giant bull moose.
Along with his bullets in hand, Ridge grabbed his capturing stick and gun, and was attempting to get out the truck door to get arrange. Ryan mentioned he hadn’t absolutely stopped the automobile when Ridge received out. The moose moved and Ridge shot him with a 7mm-08, and Ryan shot proper after him.
The hunters sprinted towards the moose, the place they noticed what Ridge described as a giant brown blob that was making noises. They shot it a 3rd time to kill it. Ridge’s first shot was excellent at 80 yards, his dad mentioned.
“You don’t have any concept how a lot stress fell off my shoulders,” Ridge mentioned.
They’d to make use of a pulley system to load the animal. The moose weighed 802 kilos and had 19-point antlers with a 46 ½ unfold. It is going to be a shoulder mount that will probably be displayed in his bed room.
Ryan Tweedie had shot a moose on the identical highway in 2018 that landed in the course of a beaver pond, he mentioned.
The bear hunt had its personal journey too. They have been looking with canines and a 150-pound bear got here out of the woods about 10 toes away from the group. Between the solar and the mud on the gun’s scope, Ridge couldn’t see the bear to shoot it. The canines finally treed the bear but it surely jumped down and virtually belly-flopped on the canines, operating off.
Ridge had another probability at a bear however he must miss youth day deer looking. The bait spot was a pair hours from camp. The canines treed a bear with a white patch on its chest and a black muzzle about half an hour into the hunt.
He shot the bear within the neck and it fell out of the tree.
“My coronary heart was beating out of my chest,” Ridge mentioned.
They hauled it out of the woods utilizing a canine tie-out chain. The bear, which weighed 93 kilos, will probably be a life-sized mount in his bed room.
Ridge’s deer was the primary buck he has shot. He mentioned he thought of his shot an excessive amount of as he watched the deer throughout the sector and ended up hitting the animal within the intestine. The deer ran about 1.5 miles and thru a lavatory, he mentioned.
They known as for Susanne Hamilton and her monitoring canine Fritzi. They seemed till simply after midnight and received up early the following day and located it about 200 yards from the sector.
Ryan and one other man hauled the deer to an UTV utilizing a rope and a stick to tug it. Ridge mentioned he received to drive the UTV with the deer on it.
Ridge had shot his deer with a .243 Winchester from greater than 100 yards. The 8-point buck weighed 160 kilos. It is going to be a shoulder mount in Ridge’s room.
The grand slam was an journey all the best way, Ridge mentioned. He received to spend so much of time along with his father and he discovered to play cribbage throughout moose week.
It takes plenty of apply, not solely goal capturing but additionally getting a really feel for the method of pulling up your gun, aiming and firing whereas protecting your nerves underneath management, Ridge mentioned.
“I by no means informed him what to shoot and what to not. Ridge knew what he wished. He wished one thing with paddles for moose. He wished antlers, not does, for deer. It was a stressor for dad however endurance paid off for Ridge,” Ryan Tweedie mentioned.
Ridge additionally had plenty of assist from his mom Carrie Tweedie and his youthful sister Laura, 8.
When requested what recommendation he would give to others searching for their grand slams, Ridge mentioned, “Don’t assume, simply do.”