The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


December 16, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: State deer harvest down 5 percent


It happens but…

While a bad hit is going to happen to everyone, proper practice and good shot selection will help keep those bad shots few and far between.

While you can’t stop a deer from taking a step just as you shoot, there’s no excuse for not being proficient with your implement of choice.

Trin’s 9-pointer

Trinity (Trin) Sironen had sighted her gun the week before season. She had also readied all of her hunting clothes and put them in the garage in an effort to be ready to go when mom got home from work.

This would also help cut down on the scent somewhat also.

Honey, I’m home

Once Mom arrived home, they quickly got dressed and were out at the stand by 3:30pm after dropping dad and brother at their stand.

Even though it was cold and snowy, they wiled away the time talking, laughing and sharing hunting stories to pass the time. It was a good bonding time.

Enough chatter           

Finally the chatter was interrupted by the sight of a deer coming in from the north wear end of the food plot.

It stopped 50 yards out in front of Trin and began to browse on the clover and grain filed. Food plots her dad and grandpa had planted specifically for wild game, deer and turkey.

Gentle reminders

Trin and Mom got out of their chairs and eased up to the shooting window, opened it and laid a pad on the edge of the window sill to use as a gun rest.

Mom quietly reminded her to get down on the gun, put her chin down, rest her cheek against the stock of the gun, and pull it pull it tight into her shoulder all while holding the gun steady.    

Shoot that deer!

Once in position and on target Trin asked, “Mom, are you ready?” Mom replied back, “Yes, Trin, shoot that deer!” Trin placed her finger on the trigger and eased it back; Ka Boom the gun went off.

Trin couldn’t see much through the cloud of smoke her muzzleloader created but mom saw the deer’s reaction, it was a good one. It jumped what seemed 10 feet off the ground and gave a big ol’ mule kick.

Mom watched as the buck ran toward the southwest side of the food and then into the wood line.

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