Two or three weeks ago, Mike Shofner took his girlfriend’s son, Travis, to a hunter’s safety course so they could go hunting together. He got his permit and they headed out to Walmart to get a hunting license.
They still had plenty of time, so they headed for their hunting spot. They got there about 4:30 a.m. and settled down. Not more than 10 minutes went by when a big doe walked toward them. Travis lifted up his shotgun, aimed, and fired. It was clean heart shot, and the doe dropped immediately.
Mike said Travis was still shaking as they went to check out the deer. He was so excited as this was his first deer. They field-dressed the deer and then headed to the Salami Factory to have it processed.
Mike told me it was a thrill of a lifetime for him, also. Congratulation, Travis.
While Travis celebrated his first deer, another Princeton native was busy harvesting a big buck that was quite a specimen. Veteran deer hunter Terry Boehle used his trusty crossbow to bring down a 9-point, 235-pound buck a couple of weeks ago.
On Oct. 16, Terry and his wife decided to go out to the timber for an afternoon of deer hunting. Terry wasn’t really up for it, but his wife was insistent, so he said, “Yes, dear.”
They got out to their hunting property about 3 p.m. where they split up, one on each side of a big field. Terry climbed up in his deer stand ready for the hunt. As time went by, he said he saw quite a few deer, both bucks and does, browsing out in the bean field, but none came close enough for him to get a shot.
It was nearly quarter till five when he saw more deer in the field. But this time, a big buck started to come toward him. He waited until the buck was about 15 yards away from him before he took his shot. It was a well-placed shot, but the buck took off running.
He got down off the deer stand and called his wife to help find the buck. They searched in the area that he saw the deer go and in about 50 yards, they came to a ravine. Sure enough, at the bottom of the ravine lay the buck.
Apparently, they called for more help, because when they started to get the deer out of the ravine, they now had two more young ladies plus the landowner. Because of the ravine’s sharpness, the five of them had to lug and tug and lug and tug until they got back up to field level. They were tired.
By the time they got it field dressed, it was getting dark. So he hung it up in his garage until morning when he would take it to get it processed. He told me that it was really a big deer and that he was happy for the opportunity to harvest it.
Lee Wahlgren is the BCR Outdoor Columnist. Contact him at email@example.com.