Hunter recalls magical deer pursuit
The following was written by Rich Roosa of Indialantic, FL and recalls his recent hunting experience while he was a guest at Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville.
Opening day on Saturday (November 17) at 8:40 a.m., we were up on Wildcat Mountain (Town of Denning) where I shot a big 10-pointer at about 60 yards. The girth of his main beams is awesome. He dressed out at 155 pounds, but he felt like 200 dragging him down the mountain. The preliminary score on his rack is 132. It was definitely a religious experience!
Way up on that mountain in God’s country, it was a picture perfect day — sunny, no wind, with the temperature in the high 30s. We were still-hunting up the main trail – my friend and long-time Frost Valley YMCA member Jack Zammiello was about 100 yards behind me.
I suddenly noticed some movement coming from my right – I could see a large deer sneaking along behind some trees toward the trail. I dropped to one knee with my scope pointed up the trail next to a big bushy pine tree. He walked right out from behind the pine tree onto the trail, right into my crosshairs, staring at me.
I saw his huge rack in the scope and immediately knew he was a shooter, and took the shot. God put that beautiful animal and me together that morning, and I am just grateful that I was there and able to make the split-second decision and take the shot. He is an absolutely gorgeous buck and I will cherish the memories of that day for the rest of my life.