One More Nice Buck For 87-Year-Old Dad
To The Editor:
Now almost 87 years old and not able to get around like he use to, Dad still loves to hunt. After not getting a buck for several years, Dad made the comment on the first day of deer season that he sure would like to get one more nice buck.
After lunch the next day, on Tuesday, my son, Shawn, and I decided to go and check on Dad. When we got close to where he was, we heard him yell. We saw him with his buck. He said, "It's a dream come true!"
Dad has been hunting a long time, more than 75 years, and has taken several nice bucks. He has a lot of good hunting memories with some of his well-remembered friends, like Jim "Pat" Mellott and brother Raymond Sipes. He still tells us how they used to hunt in the old days when all they had were shotguns and slugs. He remembers when some of his fellow hunters in the gang got their first deer rifles. He says they would shoot a two-gallon oil can for practice and if they hit it that was good enough to go hunting.
He tells other stories about hunting in the Meadow Grounds area long before the lake was put in. They would park along Licking Creek or even walk from home up over Scrub Ridge Mountain and into the Meadow Grounds. If they got a deer, they had to drag it the whole way home. Hunting sure has changed in the last 50 years. Most hunters now only walk a short distance from where they park their vehicle.
Just proves you can still get a nice buck at any age, you just have to know how.
Many thanks to Dad for the times we have shared together and all he has taught my brother, Donnie, and me over the years. Mark Sipes McConnellsburg