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December 10, 2012

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Hunters bag more than 86,000 deer


Tori Mathia scores again

Vince and Tori (Victoria) Mathia set out early Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, morning and made it to Tori’s tree stand just as it was getting light. It was a cold morning with and about an inch of snow had fallen making it easy to see through the woods. Vince had spent several hours the weekend before clearing shooting lanes in front of the stand so Tori would have a clear shot come opening day. Hopefully setting the stage for a successful hunt.

Hey, a doe, wait, a buck!

As they were sitting there waiting for the break of day they could hear a few shots off in the distance. Around 8 a.m. Vince noticed a doe walking through the woods about 150 yards away and told Tori to get ready. As she started looking at the doe they noticed a huge buck walking several yards behind the doe. They grunted and bleated in an effort to stop the big guy and get him to come their way. He stopped several times and looked but would not leave the doe.

Parental sacrifices

Vince told Tori that it was just too far for her 20 gauge to shoot but his 12 gauge could reach out and touch him easily. As Vince raised his gun he saw two twigs out at about 100 yards between him and the buck. The buck was huge and one of the biggest he had seen in a while. Typically, he would not have hesitated but he started thinking that if he shot, Tori’s morning hunt would be done and as it were she couldn’t hunt again until Saturday. Not wanting to take a shot that might get deflected, and worse yet, end Tori’s best chance at getting a deer, Vince decided to let the buck pass.

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