The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


October 7, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: New antlerless-only muzzleloader hunt on tap


Backin’ out

They located the blood trail and followed it a ways. At this point Shane decided it was getting too dark and decided to back out for the time being. Once back at the house he made a couple of calls and assembled his bloodhound boys, tried and true friends as well as experienced hunters and trackers.

In and out again

They gave “Big Boy” two and a half hours before starting back out. Once on the trail they found a bed where he had laid. They had more than likely bumped him and decided to back out again. At the house they checked the weather and it was calling for rain. Around 10:30, it started to drizzle and aspirations of finding “Big Boy” were starting to wane. Brianna was feeling pretty low at this point. Undaunted the crew decided to head back out around 11 p.m.


They made their way back to last blood and proceeded on. Success was only a short track away and there laid Brianna’s “Big Boy” 11-pointer. A short ride on the four wheeler and they along with “Big Boy” were all back at the house savoring the moment.

Brianna’s stats

Brianna Hyde a 13-year-old eighth grader at Lakeside High harvested her first deer ever, while on her first hunting excursion ever, on Sept. 29, 2013 around 6:50 p.m. She took her 180-pound, 11-point “Big Boy” using a Horton crossbow powered by Horton Carbon arrows tipped with Rage 2 blade broadheads. She arrowed him at 20 yards and he went another 400 yards before expiring. She harvested him in Saybrook Township while hunting with her step dad Shane Shetler sitting in a Double Buddy ladder stand and wearing Realtree Camo.  


  • Pheasant hunting opportunities, Ashtabula Rod & Gun Club has opened it’s Pheasant hunting and dog trail area to the public as of last week. Pheasant hunts can be booked seven days a week. For more information and the costs of hunts, call John at 667-1297 or Denny at 228-4369
  • Extreme Jakes Event the Maple Country Chapter of the NWTF and Crooked Creek Conservation Club will be having an Extreme Jakes Event on Oct. 19, 2013 at Crooked Creek Conservation Club located at 4323 State Route 534, Hartsgrove, 44085-9540. This year’s event will be the choice of a Pheasant/Partridge hunt and trap shoot or a .22 Rimfire and Archery challenge. There will be a limit of 15 kids per event, sign in start at 8:30 a.m. and goes to 9 a.m. and the cost is $10 per child, which got to a NWTF membership for the child. Contact Adam Hollobaugh at (440) 313-7406 to register.

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

Sunderlin is a freelance writer from Geneva. Reach him at

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