First Deer Harvests of Outdoor TV Hosts - Part I
By: Lynn Burkhead
Remember your first deer harvest? Our deer hunting show hosts sure do
Chasing deer is a passion for countless hunters each fall. And no matter when, where and how we hunt whitetails and mule deer each season, that passion can almost always be traced back to a singular event early in our hunting career.
Because of that, we asked some of our MyOutdoorTV, Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel television show hosts to tell us about their first hunts.
What follows in this Part One story are the answers that they gave:
Melissa Bachman (Winchester Deadly Passion): “I got my start in whitetail hunting at age 12. In Minnesota, this was the age you had to wait until you could harvest big game, so I was more excited about my 12th birthday than any other birthday. The night before deer season, I could hardly sleep as I was so anxious and ready to hunt. I even stayed up drawing out maps as to where I wanted to hunt first on our property. My first whitetail harvest took place there alongside my dad in Paynesville, MN on that 115 acres we lived on. It was a small doe, but I was so excited that I could barely contain myself. I was hooked! From that point on, deer hunting became one of my number one passions.”
Ralph Cianciarulo (Archer’s Choice, The Choice): “My first whitetail hunt happened in 1974. I was perched up on a branch looking towards the woods on the edge of a standing cornfield. My Uncle Kenny told me to face the woods as that was where the deer would come from. I had no stand, no safety belt, just me and my recurve and a couple of Easton aluminum arrows tipped with a Bear Razorhead broadhead. A few hours passed and I heard (some) rustling in the corn in back of me. I turned and to my amazement, there was a doe and a yearling feeding. I drew back my bow and anchored somewhere way past my ear and released. To say that even if the deer was 15 feet tall, I would have missed, and that would not be a stretch. My arrow flew so far into the cornfield that I think it might have ended up across state lines. Now that wasn’t my first deer kill, but it was my first deer hunt and that was more important to me than taking one.”
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