Ed Gilbert: Where to deer hunt


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:52 am on Monday, December 16, 2013

Wouldn’t you know it? I travel more than 90 miles to do my deer hunting, don’t see anything that’s legal to shoot, and return to find the bucks are in my own back yard and the surrounding area!

And that’s a fact.

You see, I live beside a stream on property that’s adjacent to a lot of farm land, where deer can drink their fill on demand and eat their fill all about the neighborhood whenever they want to feed.

So, since my several trips up to the cabin to hunt, I’ve seen a lot of deer right by the house. I swear that one of those is at least a 14-pointer, and he stood in the backyard under one of my bird feeders just as proud and as unafraid as could be for around a half hour the other morning.

Funny thing; I’ve always seen a lot of animals around the property, and that includes everything from rabbits and squirrels to porkies and other critters, including a rare coyote and a couple of owls that wake me up around two or three in the morning! But a 14-point buck?

Of course, all those critters are used to getting a free handout, and sometimes they’re even joined by some ducks and an occasional grouse or pheasant.

So I suppose, if you’ve been reading some of my columns lately, you’re thinking I should be hunting down around home rater than going up north., where I can see some deer and other game but must now run down through the woods chasing a deer to count antler points!

But what I’m telling you here isn’t exactly news, either. Many others who have property similar to mine experience the same thing, as they too feed birds and critters around their place. It’s just that experiences such as this put me in a quandary. Do I go north to hunt and find the fellowship of other brothers and friends who do the same, or do I pull in my horns and hunt my property down here?

Well, I’ve got to think about this one and get on with some Christmas plans at the moment, so I’ll get off the subject for now. However, if you too have a similar situation, where you need to perhaps change a hunting location, send me an e-mail and let me know what you decide. I’d like to know.

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