The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


December 2, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Deer to their heart!

Young hunters harvest 6,000-plus across the state


Big-buck stomp

The bruiser started doing the big-buck stomp, snort, bob and weave trying to figure what Chris was or get him to move. Suddenly, he made two jumps back towards the way he came, again, Chris let down his draw. Chris watched intently as he walked away, but unbelievably back toward the shooting lane where he had drawn on him originally.

Sttttrike 3, yer out!

Chris was now able to draw back for a third time but this was gonna be it, strike three yer out bubba! He touched off his release, heard the thwack, watched as his bruiser did a mule kick and was off and running. He sat down, regained his composure and began the waiting game.

Call the support staff

Chris’ eyesight is red / green deficient and he basically can’t track a deer unless he actually sees it drop so he called home to I enlisted the help of his wife and oldest son, Hunter. By the time they arrived, Chris had descended from his stand and retrieved his arrow. From there his tracking team had no problem picking up the trail and following it to the end where they found Chris’ buck expired.

Hoofin’ it

From there Chris went back to the house to fetch the four-wheeler. Regrettably it was out of gas and upon investigation so was his gas can. “Oh well guess we’re gonna be hoofin’ it back draggin’ this big ol’ boy was Chris’s thought.   

Chris’ stats

Chris Stiiltner harvested his 9-point buck on Sept. 30, 2013 while hunting in the Conneaut area. His bow of choice was a Teton Reflex bow throwing out Beman arrows tipped with 2-blade Rage broadheads. HI arrowed his target at 25 yards and he went another 50 before dropping. His camo was Mossy Oak and he had sprayed down with fresh earth Scent A-Way

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