Medina Journal-Register — I have always been a basic “Stump Sitter” when it comes to deer hunting. When the legs were stronger, the art of still hunter (slowly and quietly slipping through the woods looking for a deer) was often used after the opening week of the deer season. It wasn’t always the most successful method in areas where there was high hunting pressure, but it taught me a lot about deer and often put venison in the freezer.
Driving deer to other hunters in your hunting party is another method that was done only later in the season when the deer were not moving much during daylight hours. I was never a fan of those big drives that involved high number of hunters. When I did any “pushing” it was usually my Dad and I, with me doing the “pushing.”
My other “pushing” buddy was a very close friend who often shared the outdoors with me. Herb was like a brother to me and we always seemed to be on the same brainwaves. More than once, one of us had been tracking a deer with the other trying to get ahead of it, before having it head off in a different direction than we had anticipated. The thought would be “wish I could let him know the deer has taken a different direction, so he could swing around that way.” Then, up ahead, a shot would ring out and usually “our” deer was down. We could never figure out what made the “watcher” circle around to the new direction of the deer; call it mental telepathy, I guess.
Today I’m only a “Stump Sitter,” as my legs don’t allow me to go romping around the hills. Actually, hunting from a tree stand or enclosed ground blind is probably the most successful method of bagging a deer anyways. Besides, neither of my old hunting buddies is still with me, as they have gone ahead to scout new hunting grounds.