The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


November 12, 2012

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Lampson Lake a new outdoor sports haven


‘Mom I GOT ONE!’

Dylan’s first phone call was to his mom (Jessica Cotton). He was so excited all he kept saying was, “Mom. I GOT ONE, I GOT ONE!” Jessica didn’t even know until she talked to Ryan a few minutes later that it was a buck.

All smiles

When they pulled up on the 4-wheeler to where Ryan and Dylan had dragged the deer out to, Dylan was all smiles. Jessica made the comment, “Honestly, I don’t know who was smiling more, Dylan, his dad Ryan, or his “Papa Randy.” “I have never seen him so excited.” He looked at her and said “Mom, I just can’t stop shaking!” “Our whole family is just so excited for Dylan. He has put in a lot of time in the woods in the past two years and it has finally paid off.”

A family tradition

A point of interest may be that Dylan comes from a long line of hunters; his grandpa (Randy Cotton, who’s property the deer was shot on) shot his first deer around the age of 13 and Dylan’s dad was 11 years old when he shot his first buck. So the tradition carries on, as it should be.

Dylan’s stats

Nine-year-old Dylan Cotton who attends Jefferson Elementary School shot his first deer ever, a 5 point buck, on October 21, 2012 at 6:45 p.m. on his grandpa’s, Randy Cotton, property in Plymouth Township. His buck sported 5 points, one antler had 3 points on it, and the other one has 2.

The antler with only 2 points actually grows straight down the deer’s head. He was shooting a Horton crossbow powered by Easton XX75 bolts tipped with Rage 100 grain 2 bladed broadheads. He shot his buck at 19 yards and he didn’t travel any further. They were sitting in a 2-man treestand about 15 feet up wearing Mossy Oak Camo using a HS Strut Doe Estrous Wafers as an attractant and Scent Away Scent Block as a cover scent.

They checked his buck in via the ODNR’s Internet checking system and figured he field dressed in at around 130 pounds. Way to go young man, keep up the good work and make sure you thank dad and grandpa for passing on the tradition!

Ya just gotta love guys like that!

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

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