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The hunt: Reardan teen bags fifth consecutive buck

Jessie Williams watches as her grandpa, Del Williams, straps on the whitetail buck she bagged on opening weekend of Eastern Washington’s 2017 general deer season. Jessie, a sophomore at Reardan High School, has tagged a buck every season since she started hunting five years ago. (Travis Williams / Courtesy photo)

Jessie Williams, 16, is 5 for 5, bagging a nice whitetail buck every season since she started hunting five years ago.

“I guess it comes down to being patient and finding the right opportunity,” the Reardan High School sophomore said.

A volleyball competition forced her to miss Eastern Washington’s Oct. 14 general deer season opener, but she got down to hunting business on Sunday.

Her family has a proven tactic in the farmland they hunt.

“We drive out to the area we’re going to hunt and then start walking until we see deer,” she said. “That can seem like all day.”

She spotted this year’s buck late in the morning. He was lying down, but got up and started running before she was ready to shoot. No matter. Williams dropped it on the run with her .300 Winchester magnum rifle.

“I hunt with my dad, grandpa and uncle,” she said. “It means a lot to me to have that type of experience with them. They’re very good hunters and good guys.”