The End Zone Seat: Hunting Stories Aplenty
Ever since men first took to the woods to hunt, they have gathered afterwards to swap tales about the experience.
Every hunt, successful or not, has a story and some of them are even true.
Monday, as I snapped photos of successful hunters with their bucks, I picked up snippets of their stories.
Certainly the most impressive deer brought in was an eight-pointer killed by Stanley Kowalski of Tunkhannock in Wilmot Township.
While the buck didn’t have a large number of points—most of the deer brought in were eight-pointers, which speaks highly of the game commission’s antler restrictions—it had an expansive spread of 21-plus inches. It will certainly make for an impressive mount.
It certainly drew a crowd outside the Ram Zone where Kowalski and his hunting companions stopped for lunch.
According to Kowalski, he stumbled across the deer where it was bedded down.
In contrast, a couple of Monday’s lucky hunters had their deer wander into their sights.
Devin Rockwell, a 12-year-old hunting in Herrick Township, brought down his first buck with one shot after it walked into him.
Roger Boher, Jr., Terrytown, also had an interesting tale about the eight-pointer he brought in.
According to Boher, he had kicked out a larger eight-point buck around 7 a.m., but didn’t get it.
“I didn’t think I’d get another chance,” Boher said.
Fortunately, an hour later, another deer did fall prey to his marksmanship, breaking a long drought for him.
“It’s the first one in eight years,” he said.
“It’s got a point for every year since my last one,” he joked.
His deer, if it could talk, had a tale to tell also. Along the right side of its face was a long wound.
Boher thought it might have been a graze from another hunter’s bullet, although there were certainly other possibilities like a wound from a fight with another buck or a gash from a tree branch.
If Boher thought his drought was long, it wasn’t as long as Jennifer Cobb.
Cobb, who has hunted since she was 12, had to wait 15 years to kill her first buck, an eight-pointer taken in Wilmot Township.
By contrast, 11-year-old Austin Neagle’s eight-pointer was the third of his young hunting experience.
Jesse Goss of Towanda brought in a nice nine-pointer that he intended to have mounted.
“It’s my biggest,” he said.
Ironically, Goss, who killed his deer at 8:20 a.m., was just two minutes late to get bragging rights for quickest kill with Gordon Lane, who downed his six-pointer at 8:18 a.m.
They know this because they were texting each other, they joked.
Hunting has always been a generational thing so it was no surprise when Cody Tunnicliff and his father, Ricky, both arrived with deer taken an hour apart.
It was Cody’s first buck and it would likely have equaled his father’s eight-pointer, but for the fact that the right antler had been broken off, leaving a left one with four points.
Ben Profera, who says he’s hunted for 60 years, had a six-pointer because two points had been broken off.
Weather has always been a topic of conversation for hunters and certainly Monday’s balmy temperatures made for one of the nicest opening days in recent memory.
It did, however, force hunters to get their deer to the processors as soon as possible.