Ladies hunters are rightly proud of their accomplishments. They are one of the fastest growing segments of the hunting community nationwide, and locally Tasia Hulin is once again proving that she has what it takes to be in the right place in the right place. moment to take an excellent roe deer. His story involved many sightings of this specific deer, passing on many other deer and hoping to play his hand just to pick up this animal. His dedication to the task of hunting a particular deer is to be commended. It’s not often that a hunter can be so demanding. Chance, luck and the right timing are just a few of the factors that can lead to getting the deer that one chooses to take.
Tasia’s story is about overcoming obstacles that most of us will never face. About 15 years ago, Tasia suffered serious injuries as a result of an accident involving a broken back. The doctors knew it would be difficult to help him. Surgeons at Shriners Hospital have made what appears to be an impossible task possible. The success of the medical team and the tenacity of Tasia’s positive attitude were the hallmarks of her mind to overcome, and she did. She is able to walk again, relive her life and also enjoy the passion she has for hunting.
Due to her previous injuries, she used a crossbow for deer hunting, although she hopes to return to using a regular compound bow. Meanwhile, the deer hunting season began on October 1, and Tasia was in the forest watching and waiting. She was happy with what she was watching when the big money showed up. Now the question was how to outsmart a smart dollar. It is not easy.
Throughout October and most of November, she paid her dues by being outside and hoping for the right opportunity. On November 20, she imitated the clanks of two dollars fighting with clashing antlers to get the attention of that big penny. Curiosity got the best of that money. He made a commitment to see what was happening in his territory. Antlers that collided with other males were not to be tolerated at his approach. What he didn’t know was that Tasia waited patiently in the forest with her crossbow ready. When the big boy reached 10 meters, she pulled the trigger to send a crossbow arrow into this male’s heart.
Congratulations Tasia for a hunting task well done and with the greatest perseverance. Perseverance pays off.
The Become a Woman Outdoors program, also known by the acronym BOW, has been offered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for many years. He is popular and his ranks fill up quickly as women want to learn more about all aspects of outdoor adventures. Then they can choose a few or just one to specialize in as they pursue an outdoor lifestyle of fishing, hunting, or a host of other activities. Being exposed to all possibilities and supervised throughout these routes is just the spark they are looking for.
BOW is an international program aimed primarily at women. It is open to anyone 18 years of age or older to learn outdoor skills typically associated with hunting and fishing, but useful for many other outdoor pursuits. Goals include trying something you’ve never done before and using that time to learn. Improving skills is one of these goals. Learning a completely new skill is another, and finding like-minded people is another where new lifelong friendships can develop.
A BOW workshop is already being planned for 2022. The date is Friday. May 20 to Sun May 22 at Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center near Indianola. Accommodation is available in bunk style lodges and shared bathrooms. Workshop fees include all sessions, program materials, demonstration equipment, and meals. Registration will open in January 2022. Questions can be directed to Rachel Alliss at 515-729-6037 or [email protected] You can also visit the Becoming an Outdoors Woman – Iowa Facebook page to connect with other women who have attended a workshop before.
The observations of my treestand added another page to my memory bank. Earlier this week I ventured into the forest to climb a tree and begin the long wait for the deer to pass. Well, what I wanted to happen and what actually happened were two different things. Any hunter can dream and speculate on chance encounters along the configuration of the nearby deer trails. Yes, doing all the right things is basic. However, deer and their random movements may or may not coincide with a hunter’s wishes or plans.
So the deer I observed were too far from my tree. The use of binoculars was the only way for these deer to get “close.” It was still good to know that deer were moving nearby. What made the evening tree stand special was watching nine wild turkeys walking along a grassy path and many robins.
In fact, I estimate that several hundred robins kept wasting through the treetops adjacent to them. Woodpeckers ran along the bark of the trees in search of insects. A huge, immature bald eagle circled overhead. Two pheasant roosters took off and flew along the grass of the fields with the rooster crowing cackling all the way. Several large herds of Canada Geese honked above their heads as they flew over the treetops. Their goose music horns stood out against the warm orange light of a setting sun. It was nature at its best.
And I also found out that the busy beavers had taken a liking to the poplar cluster where another tree stand that I have is. I might come back in the future to find my collapsed tree with a newly fallen tree, and after a long walk back to my vehicle, three deer were waiting near my truck! Obviously, they ran away as soon as I passed the last corner. Pouf, they were gone. It’s fun to be humiliated by unpredictable deer.
Deer gun season opens next weekend. About 60 percent of deer hunters choose the first season to hunt deer, and the remaining 40 percent have chosen the longer period of the second season to attempt to take a nice doe or fallow deer. In either case, safety is paramount so that gun accidents do not happen at all. However, every year there seems to be an incident or two or three where an injury results from the anticipation and excitement of deer hunting. Conservation officers prefer not to have to answer these types of calls, but if the call comes in, they answer, talk to the parties involved, gather evidence, and discuss safety again with a group of hunters who know the facts. rules. They just thought that an accident or incident would not happen to them. Tyson Brown, our local State Game Ranger, can be contacted at 641-751-5246.
As of this week, Iowa deer hunters had responded to the required harvest survey report program, showing that residents of Iowa have so far captured more than 26,250 deer. This is an easy citizen participation program in science. It adds to the database of information on deer harvests across our state. At this point, hunters have captured 9,263 doe deer statewide, 438 wild deer, 15,442 antler bucks, 1275 antler bucks, and 102 stray antler bucks. Hunters in Marshall County reported 34 deer, 85 antler, three antler bucks and one antler buck for a total of 123 deer. All of these numbers will change dramatically over the next three weeks as the deer season picks up dramatically. By the end of all deer seasons in January 2022, over 100,000 deer harvests will have taken place. That number, 100,000, is in line with what biologists have determined as a harvest level that will not prevent the recovery of the remaining deer population in 2022.
The conservation system and model in North America is based on the principle of wise use through regulation and law, guided by science. Fair hunting is one of those benchmarks that allows athletes or women to be respected in our communities.
Here is my wish for you this Thanksgiving weekend: take the time to give thanks for the wealth of natural resources that inspires so many of our citizens to enjoy all aspects of the great outdoors. It is healthy for your mind and body to participate in outdoor activities in and around local, county, and state lands.
Garry Brandenburg is the retired director of the Marshall County Conservation Board. He graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in fish and wildlife biology.
Contact him at:
P.O. Box 96
Albion, IA 50005