The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


December 16, 2013

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


Crash and thrash

Trin was huffing and puffing and kept saying, “Mom I got it, mom I got it.” Mom interrupted her, “Sssh Trinity I need to listen.”

Then it came the crash and thrash in the woods, what a welcome sound. Mom told her, “You got it, it’s down, I saw how it reacted after you shot it, it was a good hit, you got him, he’s down.”

They were both excited, to say the least.

Call in the cavalry

From there, Mom called Dad and Brother to come help in the search. By the time they arrived, Trin and Mom had gotten down and located where the buck was when Trin shot it, they discovered lots of hair but no blood and that’s what dad’s are for.

Dad found blood, good blood, in the roadway leading to the woods.

Let him lay

They followed the trail until it went right to the edge of the woods and Dad stopped them. He decided to give him a while longer and let him lay, just in case. As Mom and Dad entered the woods Trin stayed behind. Dad followed the blood trail, while Mom went on a search and find mission.

Get in here!

While dad was still working the blood trail mom spied Trin’s deer and hollered to her, “Look, there he is. Trinity, get in here and get your deer.”

As Trin ran excitedly towards her buck she could see her dad just shaking his head and sayinig, “Wow, what a buck, wow!”  

Trin’s stats

Twelve-year-old Trinity Sironen, who is in the seventh grade at Conneaut Middle School, harvested her first deer, a nine-point buck, Nov. 23, 2013 at 4:20 p.m. while hunting with her mom in Monroe Township.

She was shooting a T/C Impact, 50 caliber, inline, blasting out a Powerbelt 245 grain sabot while packing 80 grains of Pyrodex. It was at 50 yards when she shot it and went another 30 into the woods before collapsing.

She was wearing hunter orange clothing and hunting from a homemade enclosed blind. Her buck was a nine point and weighed in at around 200 pounds. Grandpa and grandma are going to get it mounted for her at Skyline Taxidermy in the sneak position because that what he was doing when she shot him, sneaking a bit to eat.

Remember, pass it on or it will surely pass on.

Deer-harvest numbers         

Ashtabula: Antlered: 1334. Up, 0.15  percent. Antlerless: 3,136 Up, 18.56  percent

Geauga: Antlered: 522 Up, 7.85  percent. Anterless: 1,150. Down, 7.48  percent

Lake: Antlered: 219. Down, 10.25  percent. Anterless: 425. Down, 15.34  percent

Trumbull: Antlered: 1,015. Up, 11.17  percent. Anterless: 2,118. Up, 14.86 percent

Statewide Archery: Antlered: 60,443. Down, 8.75  percent. Anterless: 103,155. Down, 2.51  percent.

Sunderlin is a freelance writer from Geneva. Reach him at

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