The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


December 30, 2013

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By this time, it’s around 4:45 and snowing like crazy. Chad opted to call and get some advice form a trusted friend. After talking with his confidant, he opted to follow the trail as far as they could. They made their way to the spot where Chad had found the first blood. Slowly and methodically, Chad led Hunter along the faint trail. At the top of a small valley by the river, they stopped to peruse the area. There, about 20 yards out, was Hunter’s deer. Chad immediately gave Hunter a huge hug.

Just in case

“OK, keep you gun up and be ready just in case.” When they reached the downed monarch, Hunter gave him a poke with his gun, just in case. Once the excitement of the situation had subsided, they pulled him into an open area and rolled him over to investigate Hunter’s shot. Not a gut shot at all a good clean ethical shot. Chad told Hunter, “Son, great shot, I’m sorry for doubting you, you done good.” From there, photos ensued and the drag began.

A remembrance

When they reached the top of the ridge they called Hunter's brother, Tanner, and he came to help as well as retrieve the four-wheeler. On the way back they stopped at their stand and picked up Hunter’s shell as a remembrance and pulled the trail cam SD card in hopes that the action had been captured but unfortunately wasn’t.

One happy hunter

After they arrived home, the fun began. Dad’s friends he had called started arriving and admiring Hunter’s harvest. He was one happy hunter and didn’t mind the notoriety at all. In closing, Hunter wanted to say thank you’s to his dad, Chad Senita, for everything he did for him to make it possible for him to hunt as well as Nick Senita, for letting me use his gun for the past 5 years.

Hunter’s stats

Fourteen-year-old Hunter Senita, who is in the ninth grade a Jefferson Area High School, harvested his first buck, an 8-pointer with a green score of about 125, on Nov. 23, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. while hunting with his father Chad Sentia in Rock Creek. His buck was at 15 yards when he shot him and went another 120 before failing. Hunter was using a borrowed 20 gauge Remington 870 pump shotgun shooting 20 gauge Hornady SST, 2 & 3⁄4-inch slugs. Both he and his father were perched in separate Summit hang on tree stands at 20 feet above the ground on the same tree using ladder sticks to get in and out. He was wearing a regular woodland camo pattern and scent free LaCrosse boots. His buck weighed in at approximately 175 pounds.

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

Deer-harvest numbers

  • Ashtabula: Antlered: 1341. Down - 6.81 percent. Antlerless: 3,168 Up 7.39 percent
  • Geauga: Antlered: 527 Up 1.51 percent. Anterless: 1,093. Down, -13.94 percent
  • Lake: Antlered: 231. Down –9.77 percent. Anterless: 443. Down, -20.18 percent
  • Trumbull: Antlered: 1,023. Up 4.92 percent. Anterless: 2,156. Up 4.76 percent
  • Statewide Totals: Antlered: 61,144. Down –13.77 percent. Anterless: 104,676. Down, -10.99 percent.
  • Statewide Totals: Antlered + Anterless all seasons: 165,820 Down, -111.99 percent.

Sunderlin is a freelance writer from Geneva. Reach him at

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