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Gary Nichols, left, and daughter Tiana Nichols, 8, share a smile in a tree stand during the 2010 archery elk season in Moffat County. Although Tiana is too young to purchase an elk tag, she accompanies her father on nearly all of his hunts. Her first outing with her father was during bear season when she was four days old.

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Eight-year-old Tiana Nichols had an early introduction to hunting. Very early. “Four days after she was born, I took her up to where my tree stand was,” father Gary Nichols says. “That kind of gives you an idea.” Gary, 56, is a deputy sheriff with the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. He hunts exclusively with a recurve bow and has been hunting in the area since 1989. He’s involved his daughter in hunts as much as possible since her birth in September 2002.


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