2009-12-03 / Front Page

Deer Hunters Share Tales

12-day firearms season began Monday
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Twelve-year-old Macoy Hess bagged his very first buck Monday morning while hunting with his father Mike Hess and Bob Fleegle in the Pigeon Cove area. Excited over his sevenpoint, Macoy celebrated with a hearty handshake with his Dad. Twelve-year-old Macoy Hess bagged his very first buck Monday morning while hunting with his father Mike Hess and Bob Fleegle in the Pigeon Cove area. Excited over his sevenpoint, Macoy celebrated with a hearty handshake with his Dad. After what she termed a bit of a “dry spell,” southern Fulton County native Lisa Fleegle finally got her shot early Monday morning to end what has been an agonizing three years.

Hunting alone on the Martin/ Palmer/Hendershot Club, also known to club members as “The Ranch,” Lisa Fleegle harvested a beautiful eight-point. So ecstatic she bagged a buck, the first time since the Pennsylvania Game Commission enacted a series of antler restrictions, Fleegle stated the very first thing she did was to call her husband, Bob, and then her parents to share with them her “exciting” news.

Fleegle, 48, went on to snap photos of her deer with her cell- phone and began calling friends and other family members to alert them that her “dry spell is over.”

After having a three-year dry spell in the field, 48-year-old Lisa Fleegle took an eight-point hunting the Martin/ Palmer/Hendershot Club located near Warfordsburg on the opening day of the 12-day firearms deer season. After having a three-year dry spell in the field, 48-year-old Lisa Fleegle took an eight-point hunting the Martin/ Palmer/Hendershot Club located near Warfordsburg on the opening day of the 12-day firearms deer season. Meanwhile on Monday, 12- year-old Macoy Hess started what will hopefully turn into the first of many successful hunting seasons. While hunting with his father, Mike Hess, Macoy harvested his very first, buck – a seven-point.

Macoy, who had been hunting for the last two years through the Game Commission’s youth mentored hunt, said that heading into the season he remained hopeful this would finally be his time to get a buck. He sealed the deal and celebrated following his successful shot by shaking hands with his father.

Even though she started hunting 30 years ago when she met her husband, Glen, Ellen Mellinger of Ephrata only became a serious sportsman six to eight years ago. Now hunting a variety of wildlife and even enjoying other avenues such as bow hunting, Ellen killed her very first buck in Texas eight years ago and has enjoyed return trips to the area due to the warmer weather.

Hunting in the vicinity of the family cabin near Cowans Gap State Park Monday, Ellen considered herself as having had a good day of hunting in spite of the fact she returned emptyhanded.

Loving the great outdoors, she said, she remains content watching instead of shooting. Ellen, 56, added she had around 30 minutes of sheer joy and entertainment while she watched a button buck munch and graze near her tree stand.

“I saw him so many times that I had him dead in my scope,” joked Ellen. “ ... I enjoy being outside. It would be a plus if I got one, but I would rather be watching than shooting.”

With an estimated 750,000 hunters expected to head into the field across the commonwealth on opening day, Fulton County Wildlife Conservation Officer Kevin Mountz and deputies reported seeing more than their fair share of hunters Monday.

Mountz stated sportsmen were out in good numbers, but some weren’t as prepared as they could have been for the changes in weather. With temperatures starting at around 55 degrees and dropping into the mid-30s, some hunters were found warming themselves in their vehicles earlier than to be expected.

“We checked some nice deer on Sideling Hill,” reported Mountz, who noted among those were a seven-point buck harvested by a young Franklin County boy.

In addition to checking deer, Mountz stated officers also looked into a variety of violations such as hunting overbait, which remains a big problem locally, and safety issues ranging from loaded firearms and wearing an insufficient amount of orange or none at all.

Mountz noted officers are already receiving road hunting complaints from residents. As a result, deer decoys will be utilized in the area for the remainder of the 12-day season.

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