Peggy Kiefer

Grove Sun

“Deer hunting is to men what black Friday is to women,” said Tarin Furgeson of Monkey Island. “A 2 day hunting trip, takes as much preparation as a woman needs for a week long trip to Mexico,” she added.

That’s probably not the case in all houses holds in Delaware and surrounding counties, but for many, life changes this week and next.

Deer gun hunting season opened Saturday with a “bang and a thud” said local hunter Billy Phifer who lives in Kansas, Okla. “Well, at least I am hoping for the thud,” he joked.

“It’s a tradition with many fathers and sons to go hunting each year,” said Phifer. Each year Phifer and his dad Troy set up deer camp on one of their relatives forty acres. They usually camp for 3 days, depending on weather.

Phifer said his favorite part is “the sport of it, being outdoors, camping and the father-son bonding”. Their traditional camping trip has given them many stories to relive and share.”

Phifer proudly explains the partnership he and his father have when they shoot a deer. “I’ll sit there and sharpen the knifes while he skins them,” he said.

Tim Harrison of Colcord shot a doe on Sunday morning. “It’s not a good season so far in Delaware County,” he said, so he went to Adair County. This morning he shot a doe outside of Evansville.

“It was the first doe checked in Adair on the second day of rifle season,” he added.

Harrison said he has been “going out with the bow every chance he gets”, but so far, this is the first deer he got this year. When asked why he enjoys hunting he said “it’s the being outdoors, in the wild wilderness. Today I also saw bear and cougar tracks.”

Chris McCoy shot a 10 point buck last week with his bow. He prefers the bow he said because “it is more primal, more challenging.”

“It takes a more highly skilled hunter with a bow then it takes with a gun,” said McCoy. McCoy fears that hunting “is just a dying art,” he said.

People don’t trap and stuff anymore because you can’t get anything for it. No one wants the fur. Everything has gone synthetic.”

He also stated that “people are just too busy and too lazy to get outdoors anymore.” He explained that “he has been trying to get his teenagers out.”

“You can plant the seed and hope that when they grow out of their teen-age years they will get back into it,” he said.

Hopefully, it’s not a dying sport. Otherwise, what will happen to the stories about the big buck that got away?