After all, it was the 13-year-old University High student's very first trophy buck... and her nerves were a little on edge.
"She was really upset thinking she had missed. She was worried, worried, worried," said Sandi Smith, McGlynn's grandmother, who accompanied her on the hunt. "Then we found a spot of blood, and she was fired up!"
Meanwhile, back at the camp, Whit Harvey, of Central, and his Blackmouth Cur, Dusty, were gathered around the fire with others not making the evening hunt, when the call came in that the teen had shot at a buck and blood had been found.
"Get out of there," Harvey said. "Do not follow the blood trail and let that deer lay down. Come back to the camp, let's grab some flashlights, and we'll let Dusty take a look." For Dusty, the Blackmouth Cur, a hunting dog, this would be his 13th "find" for the season.
The Cur has been trained by Harvey using a tried and true system...a GPS tracking device mounted on the dog's collar.
An entourage quickly jumped into vehicles to go see if the teenager - and Dusty - would prove to be successful.
Once the group was at the last known sighting of the deer, it was time for Dusty to go to work. Harvey let the dog follow the blood trail deep into the woods and down a steep ravine, all the while following his dog's movements on a GPS monitor. Harvey said once the Cur's movement halted, he knew Dusty was on the big buck.
Sure enough, deep in the hills of Weyanoke and down at the bottom of the ravine was the 197-pound, 8-point buck. "It was a huge job getting that thing back up to the top," said Smith, beaming over her youngest granddaughter's trophy. "We tried wenching it up, but that didn't work out too well."
For the young girl who has only dancing trophies from the competitions she's in several times a year, this trophy is something quite special. "I'm really excited! This is my first big buck trophy!" McGlynn said, of only her second deer ever, the first being a spike killed last season.
For Harvey and Dusty, it was another successful find and all in an evening's fun.