Our associate publisher in charge of editorial and creative, Ryan Stalvey, had a lot to be thankful for last week. His youngest daughter took her first buck, a nice 7-pointer, near his hometown of Hemingway, South Carolina. She was using her father’s .270, too, making the kill even more memorable.

Not only did she shoot and skin the deer, she also participated in the ceremonial blooding, with a bit of her deer’s blood smeared on her face.

Click on the images below to expand the photo gallery, then watch the before and after videos.