Hocking County, 10/27/2000
Well, it all began in October of 1998. Archery season has just opened, and I am off to the woods in search of the legendary whitetail deer. As my hunt begins just outside the city limits in Hocking Co. Ohio, where one other person and I have permission to hunt.I have seen a lot of good signs already, and I knew this was going to be a good year. With the first week and a half gone, there has been a lot of activity in the woods. I have been seeing a lot of does and a few smaller bucks. On the 14th. of October it began the start of a discouraging streak as I got an itchy finger, and took a shot I shouldn't have, and missed a 140 class 10 point. With that still in the back of my head, to the field I went, week after week. While still seeing a lot of deer, but nothing with any size. On a cool day in mid Nov., I was back in the same stand where I missed the 10 pt. a month earlier. While sitting on stand throughout the day, a 130 class 12 pt. appeared directly in front of me at 60 yards. As I prepared myself for the shot, he quartered toward me at 33 yards and I shot right underneath him, but not spooking him. After that day I was so frustrated I didn't know what to do. As I was talking to a friend on the phone, we came to the conclusion that I have nothing to lose, but give it another try the following weekend. It is now the 21st. of Nov. and the rut is in full stride.
I am hunting right on the edge of a pine thicket and a patch of oak trees in some of the thickest, sapling infested woods you could ever imagine. As daylight broke, I saw a couple of does walking through the pines, and all of a sudden on top of the ridge, came 4 does bent for election day, and right on their trail was a beautiful 130 class 10 pt.. Within a few minutes, he was chasing the does and running off a decent 6 pt.. They approached to within 60 yards and just hung out there for a few minutes, and they disappeared just as quick as they arrived. It was about 10 o'clock when I heard leaves rustling behind me on the other hillside. As I looked over my shoulder there was that same 10 pt. chasing a doe through the brush.
They were gone in a flash. I had seen a
few more doe throughout the day, but things definitely slowed
down. It was 4:00 now and I am
For me this was my biggest deer yet. It scored 135 3/8 Pope and Young points putting it as the new #12 whitetail out of Hocking Co. entered into the Pope and Young record books. I have seen this deer for the past 4 years, and he has eluded me, until this cold ovember day. Like I said, "It is not the thrill of the harvest that makes it exciting, but the thrill of the hunt". I am thankful that I had the opportunity to harvest such a wonderful animal, but I am more thankful that I have the opportunity to hunt. In closing I would like to say "Take the opportunity to teach a young boy or girl, the gift of hunting.
Let them explore the beauty of the woods, the scenes of nature and most of all, JUST HAVE FUN!"