The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


December 10, 2012

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


Start from the beginning

Vince told Tori to follow the path back to her stand and stay there until he got back, he would follow shortly after. Once they got back to the stand Vince had Tori show him exactly where the buck was when she shot. Vince put his orange hat at the spot and started over.

He noticed he was right next to the path he thought the deer would walk down. Out of sheer happenstance Vince went to the path and there was a set of tracks from a running deer! He followed the tracks about 200 yards and there was Tori’s buck, piled up in the brush at the end of the path that Tori had just walked down. Vice called for Tori and told her to meet him at the end of the trail.

Needless to say, she was a very happy hunter! This is Tori’s second buck.

Tori’s stats

Fourteen-year-old Tori (Victoria) Mathia who attends Joseph Badger in Kinsman where she is a freshman harvested her buck on Nov. 26, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. while hunting with her father Vince in Kinsman Ohio. Her buck was at 50 yards when she shot it and it went 200 more before expiring.

Tori was using a 20 gauge Remington 870 pump action shotgun powered by Remington Premier 2 3/4-inch copper solid slugs. Her and dad Vince were hunting from a double ladder stand with camo siding and roof 15 feet high. Her trophy had a 9-point rack and field dress in at around 150 pounds. This is Tori’s second buck since she’s started hunting.

Jess Bianco’s bruiser

I quote my friend Jess Bianco, “Here ya go Dale. No good story to go with it. I was just stalking / still-hunting and happened to come across him. Pure luck on this one lol.”

Sometimes, that’s the way it happens, folks. Ya know how it is when yer in the right place at the right time. Well, this time, Jess was in the right place and definitely there at the right time.

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