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BUCK OF THE WEEK: Crete boy, 10, right on target for first buck

This is a start.

Jakob Pals bagged his first buck with a bow and arrow just across the border in Newton County on Sept. 25 during Indiana's early youth season.

''The season is any weapon, but Jake wanted to use his bow,'' dad Jeff Pals said. ''We were hoping for an opportunity at any deer, however, he was blessed with a 12-yard shot at a nice buck. Jake's experience hunting last year without getting a deer paid off. He made a great shot.''

And the 10-year-old Crete boy's trophy makes a great way to start Buck of the Week for 2010-11.

''This was the culmination of a lot of fun father-and-son time spent enjoying nature,'' Jeff Pals said. ''We ended the weekend by cooking some deer tenderloin on an open fire. I can't think of a better way to celebrate an animal's life in death.''

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