The grinning guy in this picture is Francesco Passerini, who happens to be my friend Tom Calloways, son-in-law. Francesco is not that far removed from Borgetto Sicily, which make this whole story even more incredible. This is not only Francesco’s first deer, it’s just his second day of hunting deer in his whole life. To say he was in the right spot at the right time would be an understatement.
The deer was just taken this evening, and I got this phone camera picture from the proud father-in-law Tom. Francesco was with Toms son Scott, hunting on the Calloway property in Hillsdale. There are a couple other part owners of this small piece of real estate, but in the 8 years that they have owned it nothing remotely close to this “bad boy” has been taken. In fact Tom has never taken a buck off this property with his gun. He and Scott have taken some good bucks with archery equipment, but Franseco”s buck will probably never be beaten.
Tom took Francesco out Saturday, and then had to let Scott take him out today. Tom told Francesco to use his ground blind and even let him wear his insulated camo outfit. He bought a new shotgun last year, and sighted it in, but never hunted. I guess the scope was right on as he dropped this bruiser in his tracks, as he came into a cut corn field.
I am not an official scorer, but I know how to score a buck. Just looking at this picture I will say it’s definitely over 160, and could possibly push the coveted Boone and Crockett minimum of 170 inches. It’s a once in a lifetime buck, shot the first time Franseco had ever drawn down on any animal. Now that’s impressive to say the least.
But there is more to this story about the “Lucky Hunter from Sicily!” Just so happens that Francesco and his wife Melissa go to the same Fellowship (Church) that I do. Before leaving for the hunt, early this morning Franseco and Melissa had a prayer time. They asked God for safety for the hunters, for them to enjoy nature, and almost as an after-thought, asked God to let Francesco get a deer. They then had a little chuckle thinking “Yeh right!” But Melissa knows that God is interested and involved in the affairs of His Children. Say what you will, but I don’t think that buck had a chance today. When God tells ya to get on the “ark” you move-right out into an open cornfield, thus fulfilling the earnest prayer from two who are in relationship with The Father.
Now I know what your thinking. Everyone reading this is going to be on their knees praying for a buck next time they hit the woods. A word of caution here. It don’t work that way. In fact I don’t really know how it works, and that’s why He’s God and I’m me. I do know that sometimes God answers the most seemingly insignificant things in our lives, that are truly unexplainable, except to say He is intimately interested in having a relationship with us. I for one will continue to seek Him, and bask in the goodness of His love for me in everything, big buck or big doe-no buck or no doe.