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


‘Psst, Dad’

About a half hour had gone by when Hunter whispered, “Dad.” As Chris turned to see what Hunter wanted, he spied a buck. Hunter already had his bow up and was on target. Chris eased out a grunt and stopped the buck in a shooting lane and Hunter let loose, thwack. They knew it was a good hit as they both watched the arrow disappear through the deer being a double-lunged shot.


Once they calmed down after a bunch of high-fives and going crazy, they headed back to the house to get mom and the four-wheeler in anticipation of retrieving Hunters buck. This time the machine had gas and, hopefully, the drag would go easier.

Lessons learned.

Hunter’s stats

Hunter Stiltner harvested his 6- buck point on Nov. 10, 2013 while hunting with his father, Chris, in Conneaut . He was shooting an ambush crossbow armed with Easton Magnum arrows and Rage 2-blade broadheads. He arrowed his buck at 10 yards and he traveled another 50 before coming to rest. He was wearing mossy oak camo sprayed down with Scent A-Way spray, fresh earth, and Fresh Earth Scent Wafers hung strategically around his ground cover.

My call

It’s opening day, folks. I hope you’re not at home reading this in the a.m. Hopefully, you’re out in the woods in the process of shooting a bid un’ or maybe even dragging one back to wherever. No matter where you’re at or what you’re doing, hunt safe!

Every year, you hear of hunter accident incidents, please don’t be one of those statistics.

No. 1 rule, keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction at all times. Clearly identify your target before even contemplating pulling the trigger and know what’s beyond your target. Keep your safety on at all time until you’re ready to shoot. Safety first all time. If you even think it might be an unsafe situation or condition, pass on it. One day above ground is better than a lifetime under.

And remember, pass it on  or it will surely pass on.

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