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


Six pack

Twelve-year-old Hunter Stiltner, who is a seventh grader at Conneaut Middle School, and his dad, Chris, were supposed to head out top the deer woods at first light on Nov. 10, 2013.

But unfortunately, they woke to blustery winds and rain. Not a good scenario. Much to Hunter’s, dismay Chris coaxed Hunter into going back to bed for a while. Around 10 a.m., Hunter proceeded to get antsy asking since the rain had subsided could they go out now. Chris reluctantly agreed and they both proceeded top get suited up, Chris a little more slowly than Hunter.

Windy city

Winds were gusting up to 30 mph and Chris made the decision that tree-stand hunting would be a tad bit dangerous so they were going to hunt from the ground that day. Chris had a spot that he had scouted earlier on the far side of their hunting property and explained all the details to Hunter as they made there way to the honey hole.

All about location          

The hot spot was on the east side of a small draw where four heavily travel corridors crisscrossed through the area and extremely close to a bedding area. Normally, they wouldn’t hunt that close to it but this day the twosome played the wind and eased in with hoped of giving Hunter the best they could under the conditions.


Once they arrived at their destination, Chris went about getting the area cleaned up a little. He cleared the leaves and twigs away from the base of a downed tree where they were going to post as well as trimming a few branches to create some shooting lanes for Hunter. Next, he versed Hunter on the directions he hoped then deer would come from and they finally settled in.

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