The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


November 4, 2013

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Luciano’s Big Boy

Luciano Cunningham and his uncle, Ben Vass, had been sitting in their homemade slab wood ground blind for a good three hours when finally, around 6:20 p.m., two bucks came around the corner.

There was a four-point leading the way, followed by what Luciano described as, “The Big Boy.”

Noisy situation

When Ben saw that the 10-point was going to commit, he told Luciano to pull up his bow. As he raised his bow, Luciano hit the ground blind with it. Luckily, “Big Boy’ heard but didn’t see where it came from and didn’t spook. However, Luciano could hear his Uncle Ben’s heartbeat and heavy breathing as he pulled up the bow. Thankfully, “Big Boy” didn’t hear tha,t either.

Doesn’t get much better

As Luciano’s quarry came closer, Ben eased out a grunt and stopped him. Luciano squeezed the trigger and heard the “thwack!” of the bolt hitting the deer. As they watched the buck trailing off, Ben told Luciano that he had a good shot on him, in actuality he said, “You smoked him, bud!”  

Both Uncle Ben and uncle Jake Cunningham told him that the shot couldn’t have gotten much more perfect than what he had done.


It was worth it!

The three hours they sat in the ground blind all paid off. Luciano said, “I was very excited but I think my Uncle Ben was more excited then I was.”

He also wanted to say a special thanks to uncle Jake Cunningham for all your years he spent teaching and tolerating him, to Mom (Kodie Cunningham) and Dad (Tracy Deforest) and a extra-special thanks to uncle Ben Vass for the opportunity and putting him in a spot where he could get a shot at such an awesome buck.

Oh, yes, don’t forget the Stanley family for allowing him to hunt their property.

It was a great experience.

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