The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


November 10, 2013

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


Thumbs up

Mike looked at Seth and gave him a big thumbs up and motioned for him to turn his radio on. He whispered over the airwaves and told him “nice shot, stay put for now and we’ll go get her in a little bit.”

Like a bloodhound

They descended from their stands about 10:30 and found some blood. Mike explained to Seth what to look for and he proceed to sniff out the track like an ol’ bloodhound. They only went 50 yards or so when Seth looked at Mike and shouted, “There she is.”


Mike said, “To watch a young hunter take hold of his first deer was amazing, the gleam in eyes was self gratitude in itself,” He then proceeded to show him how to field dress his deer and Seth went right at it with no problem. Once that was accomplished, Seth and Mike drug her out the path and Seth took over from there, dragging her to the truck.

Passing it on

Mike has hunted with Seth before, he came close to filling his tag on a doe but he did feel comfortable with the shot. At the time, Mike commended him on his ethics and told him he was proud he passed on it. This year, Mike was blessed with being able to watch the entire hunt from a stand only 25 yards away from Seth and help him find success. That’s what it all about, passing it on.

Seth’s stats

Ten-year-old Seth fowler harvested his first deer on Oct.12, 2013 at 8:45 a.m. while hunting with his mentor, Mike Irwin in Thompson. He was using a CVA Wolf .50 cal. muzzleloader flinging out Thompson Center bullets with a 100 gr. Powder charge. His doe was at 25 yards when he shot it and she piled up around 75 yards further. He was sitting in a North Star climbing tree stand at 10 feet off the ground. He was wearing Realtree camo and sprayed down with Dead Down wind scent eliminator before going out. His doe weighed in at 75 to 80 pounds field dressed.

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