The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


December 30, 2013

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Less is more

What that means is that you’ll have to give up seeing lots of deer. Scout the thick stuff close to bedding areas (but avoid disturbing the actual bedding area). Look for subtle trails with old rubs nearby.

Possibly a monster

Pay careful attention to how you get in and out of the woods, and be there well before first light and stay until dark. You won’t see lots of deer, but the deer you do see could be the monster buck of your dreams.

Hunter’s harvest

On Nov. 23, 2013, Hunter Senita and his father Chad Senita got a bit of a later start, but headed to the woods, anyway. They sat all morning up to around 10 and ended up seeing nothing. Somewhat bored and cold since it was snowing in addition to being hungry they decided to make the trek home for a late breakfast, early lunch.

A change of heart

Hunter told his dad he didn’t think he was going to go back out. Chad told him no problem that he’d go back out on his own with his bow. Hunter contemplated the situation and changed his mind, I’ll go. After messing around for a while, they set out around 3 p.m.

Same ol’ same ol’

Initially they had planned on hunting a different stand but Chad must have had a premonition and decided to hunt the same stand they were in that morning. His reasoning was hopefully, it would be a better evening spot.

Bored to death

This particular stand was positioned as such that Chad was on one side and hunter on the other. They had that area covered. But still in Hunter’s mind, he thought, “Here we are sitting in the same stand as in the morning where we saw nothing. Here we are sitting here and not seeing anything and we’re going to sit here all afternoon and not see anything.”  

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