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Rob Bengston takes his children hunting each year.
The family hunts on family property in Knox County from an elevated box blind that has room for only three.
So, with three kids, they have to share.
“I take them out hunting and let them take turns,” Bengston said.
Recently, it was Ted's turn. A giant deer stepped out, but 11-year-old Ted would have had to move, and he was afraid the noise would scare the deer away. So he passed his turn to his 14-year-old brother, Capp.
“I asked Ted twice if he was sure he wanted to pass on his turn,” said Bengston, a guidance counselor at Cedar Catholic school in Hartington, Neb.
Ted was sure, so Capp took aim on the deer with a 30.06. His shot was perfect from 100 yards and the white-tailed buck fell.
“I was pretty lucky,” Capp said. “It should have been Ted's shot.”
A thunderstorm was rolling in, so they packed their gear and, after a short wait, retrieved the buck. Capp's mother, Lori Bengston, ran out with her camera and captured Capp with his trophy deer. The deer could score in the 160s.
The 14-point nontypical buck is the largest deer ever shot in the Bengston family. Capp's buck will be mounted and hung next to father's best wall hanger.
“It's the first deer we've mounted of the kids',” Rob said. “If it's bigger than my mount, we'll mount it.”
The next day it was Lauren Bengston's turn.
A buck stepped out and the 15-year-old selflessly passed her turn to Ted. Ted's shot was true, and he harvested a nice 4-point buck.
Lauren knew it would be her last chance to shoot, but she wanted her brother to have the opportunity. She had harvested a nice buck the previous year.
The next day, Lauren couldn't hunt. She followed Cedar Catholic High School's volleyball team to Grand Island to watch the team win the state tournament.
Her dad, who often passes on his turn, took advantage of the opportunity and harvested a nice 8-point buck.
“Watching my kids hunt makes me feel great,” he said. “I'm out there for them.”
The selfless acts will pay off for Ted and Lauren.
“Next year,” Capp said, “I'll give them a chance to shoot the big one.”
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