The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


November 10, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Use results to plan your hunt


Seth Fowler’s first

On Oct. 12, 2013, 10-year-old Seth Fowler and his mentor, Mike Irwin, climbed into their stands about 5:30 a.m. and got comfortable. They had a small buck come in under Mike’s stand and mill around for about 30 minutes, just before daylight. Mike could see a gathering of small horns on him, considering he was only 10 yards away. Mike was there for Seth and to possibly fill a doe tag since he had already filled his buck tag back on opening day this year. No shot for Seth, so Mike just enjoyed the scenery.

I’ll pass on that

At 7:15 a.m., a doe ambled in and circled to the north of the duo but didn’t present a shot for Seth, again Mike passed on in hopes she would come back in closer to Seth. About an hour went by before another doe came in from behind Mike towards the east and fed on acorns behind their stands. She started to walk to his left about 35 yards and her path would put her right out in front of Seth.

He knows the drill

Mike snapped his fingers just enough for Seth to hear him. Seth looked his way and Mike pointed to the doe. Once Seth saw her he knew exactly what to do. He slowly raised his CVA muzzleloader and waited for her to walk to get a little closer. His adversary was coming in cautiously; she eased up to the feed pile and started to eat.

Deer-kick boogie

Seth took his time and waited for her to turn broadside. Once she was in position at 25 yards Seth was on her and shaking like a leaf. Nonetheless, he squeezed the trigger, the muzzleloader roared and smoke filled the air. His prey did the deer-kick boogie and ran off south about 75 yards, where the twosome heard her pile up.

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