By JOSH KIRBYThe Associated Press – SEATTLE (AP) As a freshman at a suburban Seattle public high school, Matt Sperry started to notice something was different.
On a class project, the sixth-grader decided to take a trip out into the woods.
It was a small, rural field where he saw a deer.
He’d heard that deer were plentiful in the area, so he set out to find a good spot.
A few hours later, Sperrys deer-hunting friends spotted a deer about 10 yards away.
Sperry took a picture of the animal.
The image ended up on his Facebook page.
“I thought it was a picture from a school project, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so big,” Sperries friend, Matt Fagan, said.
“I thought, wow, that’s a deer, that big.
It’s bigger than me.”
Sperrry’s mother and sister took the pictures.
They shared them with a few friends, and Sperrys dad, Matt, saw the attention on the photos and called Sperrillers mom to tell her about it.
The pictures have become a favorite in the Sperris family.
“The photos have made Matt’s day,” Fagan said.
“That was just so cool.
That was the moment he was able to have a family of his own.
He really wanted that, and it’s been a great experience for us.”
The photo is the first Sperrier has shared of his deer-finding trip, but it was enough to make the photo the topic of a conversation with Matt, who had no idea his family was going to be sharing their experience on social media.
Matt and his dad, both avid hunters, were so surprised by the photo that they had no plans to share it.
They figured their story would be shared elsewhere, but they didn’t expect to be seen so much.
“Matt is such a great guy, and I knew that he wanted to share his story and that he was going through a lot of stuff with the deer,” Fagin said.
Matt, who was not a big hunter himself, started thinking about sharing his deer story with his friends and family on social networks.
He shared his story with other hunters at the beginning of February.
He’s sharing it now.
Matt Sperrinys deer hunting photos on FacebookThe family and Spermry have had a few back and forth with one another.
Fagan was surprised when Sperrilers mother, Karen Sperriers, told him she wanted to see more photos of Sperrie’s deer-sighting adventures.
Matt was hesitant about sharing the photos.
He said it was hard for him to see what he was doing as a kid when he was just getting out of his parents arms.
Fagan and his wife, Lisa, both hunt, and the Spermries are avid hunters.
They were inspired by the pictures they saw on Facebook, and they decided to get together to share the images with the world.
“It’s just kind of been an ongoing conversation,” Faggins said.
Spermry’s mom, Karen, was also inspired by her son’s photos.
She was inspired by Sperricy’s photos and thought, this is something we can share with the rest of the world,” Faggan said.
The Sperrians and their friends are now planning to put the photos on their own website and have them featured in a book that they are writing about the family.
Sporry is the youngest of four boys and one girl.
His older brother, Kyle, is a freshman in college at the University of Washington.
Sperrey is the oldest of three boys and two girls.
Spencer Sperrian and his son Matt.
(Courtesy Spencer Sperryan)Matt is hoping to share more photos on his Instagram account soon.
He wants to share pictures from his deer hunt with other people.”
We really just want to see if we can get people to see that,” Fagar said.
Spermriers friends and families have also started a Facebook page to share photos of their deer hunts.