The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


December 10, 2012

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


High hopes

To keep her hopes high they talked about how great a day it already had been (heck it was only 8 in the morning!) and how lucky they were to have seen such a magnificent buck. About 10 to 15 minutes went by and Vince saw a deer coming in from behind them. As it approached they noticed it was a nice buck! Here we go again!

A second chance

He told Tori to set up on the right hand side of the 2-person tree stand hoping that the deer would hit the four wheeler path and follow it straight to them. Unfortunately, the buck was walking straight, not taking the path and ended up behind the stand. Tori whispered to Vince that she had to stand up to get her gun out the back of the stand, he told her to go for it but to move slowly.

She had trouble getting the gun around his safety harness tether and may have made a little too much movement. Suddenly, the buck looked up, got spooked, and jumped back a few steps. He stood there motionless for a few seconds, decided it was nothing and continued he quest, whew!

Hey, I’m not ready!

As her bruiser got closer, Vince grunted to stop him, unknowingly ignorant to the fact that Tori was not ready to shoot. Nonetheless she collected herself and squeezed off a shot. They both watched as the buck dropped his head and ran off out of sight in an erratic manner. Hopefully, a good sign that he shot would be a fatal one.

Deer tracks everywhere

After a short wait they get down from their lofty perch and started to look for blood…NONE!!! To make it worse there were deer tracks everywhere in the snow and they couldn’t figure out which ones were the bucks. They both scoured the area to no avail, nothing, no blood anywhere. They started a grid search though the woods but after about 45 minutes Vince decided to try a different approach.

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