Young Monticello hunter earns Triple Trophy Award
Deer hunters start young in Arkansas, especially those in and around Drew County. Colton Mitchell has given those local preteens something else for which to shoot now.
Mitchell, 11, has earned the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Triple Trophy Award this season by harvesting a whitetail deer with a bow, a muzzleloader and a modern gun. Of more than 330,000 licensed deer hunters, according to the AGFC, only a “handful” each year accomplish this feat.
The Triple Trophy program began in 1984 to recognize “exceptional hunting skills and to promote harvest of antlerless deer,” said Carrie Crawford, the AGFC’s Triple Trophy program coordinator. “A balanced deer herd is essential to the overall health of our state deer population. We want to thank all our Triple Trophy Award recipients for using their outdoor skills to help the agency effectively manage out whitetail deer population.”
Mitchell, who is from Monticello and attends Monticello Middle School, killed his trio of deer while hunting at the family camp, the M & M Hunting Club. On the muzzleloader hunt, where he harvested a six-point buck, his dad Thad was hunting with him; his grandfather Rusty Mitchell accompanied him on the other two hunts, both of which resulted in doe harvests.
The sixth grader used a Matthew Gen X Versa compound bow with 45-pound pull during the archery season, a CBA Wolf 50-caliber muzzleloader during when hunters were allowed to use that type weapon and a Savage bolt action 7mm08 modern gun to earn his AGFC Triple Trophy Award.
Mitchell’s parents are Thad and Nikki Mitchell, and his grandparents are Rusty and Karla Mitchell of Monticello and Sam and Taron Ashley of Fountain Hill.