The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


October 14, 2013

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


Make those memories

Mike’s closing comment was, “Life is short and the time you spend with family and friends in the great outdoors is not to be wasted. Make the most of it and hopefully you, too, will have memories that flood your mind like it did for me.

“Thanks again, Dad!”

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

Mike’s stats

Mike Irwin harvested his Big 11 on Sept. 28, 2013 at 6:45 p.m., using a Hoyt Katera 65-pound draw weight compound bow powered by Easton Axis aluminum arrows tipped with NAP 100 grain broadheads.

He arrowed his buck at 20 yards and he traveled another 50 before expiring. Mike was wearing a Realtree camo Scent Loc suit using Dead Down Wind spray while hunting from a 25-foot ladder stand.

His buck had 11 scoreable points at 153 7⁄8, weighing in at 217 pounds field dressed.


Pheasant-hunting opportunities, Ashtabula Rod & Gun Club has opened it’s pheasant hunting and dog trail area to the public. 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 Saturday 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 am 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 313-7406 to register.

Sunderlin is a freelance writer from Geneva. Reach him at

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