The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


December 24, 2012

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Bonus weekend numbers down


‘Just keep walking’

Twenty minutes went by and we decided to walk towards where I shot him. We saw hair, but no blood. My husband and I spread out and I walked closer to the thickets edge where the deer most likely would have laid up while Buddy walked deeper into the woods. We took our time walking a few steps and stopping for minutes. After several minutes had past there was still no blood trail, but I said, “Honey let’s just keep walking.”

‘It’s here right here!’

Five minutes later I look over to my left and I saw my buck, lying dead on the ground. I was so excited!! I tried snapping my fingers to get my husband’s attention but I was shaking so hard it didn’t work, so I yelled: “It’s here right here!” I had shot a non-typical 12 point buck that was heavily palmated! My husband expressed to me that he has been hunting since 1992 and has never seen a deer, live or dead, like the one I shot. I was so excited!


Dec.1, 2012 will be a day that my husband and I will be able to share for the rest of our lives. It is because of my husband that hunting has become my passion. He has such a desire to teach, he loves what he teaches and has been so patient with not only me but with our children. And one day all six of us will be out creating memories that will last the rest of our lives. Dale again thanks for your time and for sharing our story with your readers, Jennifer and Buddy Felt.

P.S. The picture of the Buck with the snow on the ground is Buddy’s Pa. buck.

The Felt’s stats

On Dec. 1, 2012 while hunting in Richmond Township Buddy felt harvested his 8-point buck at 7:50 a.m. and Jennifer followed up with her harvest at 10:30 a.m. with a non-typical palmated 12-point. Both weighing in at about 140 pounds Buddy harvested his with an Ithica 16 gauge, using Federal true-ball 2.75 slugs while Jen was shooting a Remington 11-87 12 gauge, with a Nikon Scope and Hornady SST Sobats.

Buddy’s was at about 45 yards when he shot it and went another 70 yards before expiring while Jens was about 30 yards out when she shot and again went about the same 70 yards before dropping. Buddy was hunting from a Summit climber and Jen was in a 20-foot stand. Both were wearing Mossy Oak scent lock clothing with hunter orange jackets.

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