Tom's Two-Buck Day

Tom is a good friend of Tim Rouse, our fearless leader here at Copper Ridge Outdoors. Tom has been battling Leukemia, and we are happy and grateful that he can still do what he loves. He was so excited by his success that he forgot to take a picture of the second buck! Read on to hear his story, and create your own with outdoor hunting gear you can trust from Copper Ridge Outdoors.

Tom's Story

It was the 2018 deer opener in Minnesota. I headed up to my family farm land in Fergus Falls, MN just as I have done the last 30 years. Once we arrived, my son, nephew, brother, and I all unloaded from my pickup truck, wished each other good luck, and went our respective ways across the 300-acre property to our individual deer stands. I made it to my deer stand and I climbed up the ladder carrying my Remington 870 shotgun.

As I sat in my stand, peacefully drinking my cup of coffee and watching the sunrise, I scoped out the field of grass in front of me. Not too long after – just before 8 a.m. – an eight pointer appeared just in the woods right behind me. I quietly lifted my Simmons scope, aimed, and BAM! The deer was down.

I dressed it out, loaded it in the truck, and was off to another deer stand down the tree line. Once again I was scoping the field and sipping my coffee. Less than an hour after getting into another stand, I spotted a 10 pointer just across the field. My Remington with the Hornady Sabot did not let me down again. I got my second deer of the morning!

As my hunting crew came back to the truck about noon for lunch, I got to tell them my hunting story of a lifetime!

Vadnais Heights, MN


  • Remington 870 shotgun
  • Simmons scope