The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


October 14, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: A letter of thanks...


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  • Call 877-TAG-ITOH (824-4864).
  • Visit a license agent. A list of agents can be found at or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

Game-check transactions are available online and by telephone seven days a week, including holidays. Landowners exempt from purchasing a turkey permit, and other people not required to purchase a turkey permit, cannot use the 877-TAG-ITOH option, but they can use the new enhanced website.

The Division of Wildlife advises turkey hunters to wear hunter orange clothing when entering, leaving or moving through hunting areas to remain visible to others. Additional details regarding fall wild turkey hunting can be found in the 2013-2014 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at

Mike’s Monarch

Mike Irwin had been watching this particular buck for 3 years; let him go so he can grow. Originally he started showing up on camera as a big 6-point, then last year as a big 8 with a split brow tine. He has passed on him for the last 2 years hoping that he would be bigger and better in the future. It paid off.

Waitin’ on a monarch

On Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, opening day of Ohio Archery Season, Mike got in his stand at 6 a.m. and at 7:21 the first deer of the morning showed up, a little 4 point. After that, came a 6-point and then a 31⁄2-year-old scrub buck.

He watched them for about an hour under his stand feeding. Past trail cam pictures had shown that all of these bucks and the big 11-point he had been stalking were always together when feeding. Mike decided to play the waiting game.

Bad day ⁄ good day

Then about 9:30 a.m., Mike received a text from work, “Could you come in today, we’re short-handed.” His heart sank as he replied, “I’m on my way.” He snuck out of his stand as quietly as possible without spooking any deer and headed off to work. Once at work, even though Mike really didn’t want to be there, he had a good day selling three Harley’s and decided to leave work at 4 p.m. to get back in the stand.

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