Monday, October 18, 2010

Tough archery deer hunt for writer and father-in-law

Being back in the saddle after several days of guiding my 84-year-old father-in-law is a mixed blessing.

We had a ball; catching a limit of Lake Erie yellow perch and taking in Ohio's waterfowl opener on Saturday. My father-in-law - Bud Shope of Florida but formerly of Mentor - even managed to kill his first-ever Canada goose on his first-ever goose hunt. And it was nice to that my black Labrador retriever managed to fetch both birds.

However, with that being said, the deer proved all too elusive. We spent eight unsuccessful stints in a wooden ground blind affixed to a Geauga County pasture.

For a good read on our efforts catch Tuesday's New-Herald outdoors with a companion piece about prepping a new Horton Summit crossbow just for this very special hunt.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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