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Deer Hunting Success is Contagious

Whitetail Wisdom Blog Photo: Tom Trantow

I find it amazing how far we’ve come in just a few years. It seems that it wasn’t that long ago when a single case of bowhunting success was a cause for an entire town to celebrate. For example, I vividly recall making the two-mile drive to my hometown’s deer check station in the early 1990s to see a forkhorn that a neighbor had killed while bowhunting.

That was huge news back then. It was almost as if everyone stopped and said, "You shot a deer with a bow and arrow?! Unbelievable!" And it was. After all, most states considered bowhunting a novel idea even then … certainly not a means of managing deer herds.

Times have changed. You don’t have to be the best archery shooter, you just need to find a place to hunt, know a little bit about deer anatomy and shot placement … and be persistent.

As evidenced in the above photo, success is not only celebrated regularly today, it usually involves some pretty nice bucks. Although he’s new to the whole bowhunting thing, Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine reader Tom Trantow has done all that, and more, in a very short time. Many thanks to Tom for allowing me to share his success photo and story. Tom writes:

"First ever deer for me, on right, bow-kill,  my 2nd day (ever) hunting over a soybean field. That’s my brother-in-law, John, on the left with his 139-inch buck, on opening day! Great times … easy to get hooked on this sport when you get these quick nice results."

Way to go, Tom!

2 thoughts on “Deer Hunting Success is Contagious

  1. Tom Trantow

    Thanks Jason. it really is a brotherhood 🙂

    I didn’t really think Dan would get my picture in, I figured he would be flooded by others so I did not include all the details I would have liked. Below is more of my story:

    I missed out on the father-son deer hunting bonding as we lived in Chicago and didn’t have much place to hunt. Once I got married and moved to Southern Ohio, my Dad wound up hunting again with my brother in law, John. They had such a fun time in 2008, that I said I wanted to join them the following year. My Dad graciously outfitted me with all the gear and John gave me his old bow. It turns out, we made a connection to hunt a 600 Acre Farm in 2009, and Dad and John came out from Chicago to scout the day before opening day. I was so pumped, I could hardly sleep that night before. (btw, don’t watch hunting videos if you actually want to rest the night before.) They set me up on a "highway" of a trail leading into the beans in a ladder stand. We saw over 20 deer that 3 day weekend. I shot this little basket 6 as he played/sparred with another small buck, probably his brother. I shot him right threw the heart! There was blood everywhere! He ran 40 yards and dropped in front of my dad who was set up 50 yards away. We got to experience the whole thing together. It was awesome. We were pumping our fists and shouting "woo-hoo’s." That memory will last forever. John shot that big buck the night before and recovered him that same morning I got mine. Dad ended up with a 7 point the following day, so we had 3 bucks in 3 days for 3 guys in Ohio (the Buckeye state.) We decided to name our little fellowship, the "Buck-Guys." What an amazing start to this sport. I was totally hooked. They kept telling me, it is not always this easy.

    It wasn’t until the following year that I realized you can’t always walk down a paved road, step 10 feet into a soybean field, and watch the deer go by like cars on a road and have this much success. They tell me it’s called "hunting" not "shooting" for a reason. Since then, I have accepted the challenge and have learned to scout, set trail cams, butcher my own deer, and have since taken 8 more with Bow, Shotgun, Muzzle-loader and Rifle. I have learned so much from your articles. Dad and John still come out to OH and I usually do the scouting before they get here now. Dad says it’s payback time and so he expects me to locate and set a stand that produces like mine did that first year. lol I keep sending them trail camera pics to keep the juices flowing in the off season.

    Undoubtedly, the best part about this sport is the bonding, and fellowship with fathers, brothers, and friends. Success is SO much sweeter when it is shared with others. We all read D&DH magazine and talk over the articles, we raz each other when we are the 1st to receive an issue in the mail.

    Thanks Dan for putting my story here, and thanks to all the contributers of D&DH. What a great Magazine.


  2. Jason H

    That is cool. Congratulations to Mr. Trantow…and welcome to the bowhunting Brotherhood!

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