Elkhorn Hills member Tom Beeson finally gets a big deer. The Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, article by Omaha World Herald journalist Marjie Ducey tells the story. Nobody in Tom Beeson’s family believed he could shoot a big deer. All three of Beeson’s kids — Joe, John and Elly — have shot nice deer, all bigger than Beeson’s first and only kill before now. So this fall, when he killed a 5×5 whitetail on a solo trip, he made sure to take a selfie so he’d have proof.
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Posted: Saturday, February 7, 2015 1:00 am | Updated: 10:55 pm, Sat Feb 7, 2015.
Nobody in Tom Beeson’s family believed he could shoot a big deer. He’s been known to fire at smaller bucks nobody else would want — and usually miss. It’s become quite a source of hilarity to everyone but him. So this fall, when he killed a 5×5 whitetail on a solo trip, he made sure to take a selfie so he’d have proof. “I’ve been accused of shooting at 1x2s,” he said. All three of Beeson’s kids — Joe, John and Elly — have shot nice deer, all bigger than Beeson’s first and only kill before now.
Joe, majoring in mechanical engineering at Nebraska, got the family started. Five years ago he killed a big trophy deer, known in the Fremont area as John Wayne. John, a senior at Millard West, has a nice 5×5 he killed on family land near Palmyra.
The day before Tom Beeson got his 5×5, he took seventh-grader Elly out, and she harvested her first, a 4×4. She used a pink and black camo rifle.
Out alone on the second day of rifle season, Tom first saw a doe and fawn cross near his elevated stand. He pretended he was going to shoot at one of them, just so he could get comfortable. That’s when he spotted his buck along the edge of a cornfield. “I could tell he had this monster rack compared to the usual deer I shoot at,” Beeson said. “I was totally set and ready. I wasn’t rushing, and my heart wasn’t pounding fast. I pulled the trigger slowly and I hit him.” He killed it with his Savage .270 from 130 yards.
Although they’ve taken up deer hunting in recent years, the family likes to head off the beaten path and just enjoy wildlife, too. On a recent trip to Mexico, they brought along an underwater camera while snorkeling. They spotted 6-foot iguanas sunning themselves in the trees. “We’re explorers,” said Beeson, a teacher at the Creighton School of Dentistry who specializes in root canals.
Wife Lena is more into cycling. She’s been part of the 250-mile Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger for the past several years. The event, which started in 1996, has raised $580,000. The whole family is planning on doing the Rollin’ to Colon bike ride, which goes from Valley to Colon and back, on June 14. It raises money for the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force.
Lena is undergoing chemotherapy for colon cancer. “She’s actually doing pretty good,” Tom said. “The chemo has been working, and the size of the cancer has been reduced.”
Even though he now has killed a nice buck, the teasing from his family hasn’t stopped. Elly made a comment about getting his trophy mounted instead of letting it join that stack of 1x2s in the garage. Tom said there was never any question about displaying his buck, probably in his office.
“I may never shoot another deer bigger,” Beeson said. “I’m 56.”