Archery Hunting in Ohio

Week of October 23 – Photos from Cerwin’s cell phone.

Cerwin had lots of fun with these guys – Donovan, Nate, Dustan, Jordan – and Jeff (not in this picture) – at a hunting cabin (doublewide house) in southcentral Ohio. Notice their foot rests. 🙂

Nate and Donovan

They spent much of their spare time watching hunting videos – because they didn’t have TV or cell reception.

It was their first hunt in this area. They were pleased with the facilities.

They celebrated Jeff’s 53rd birthday on the 25th by using a Tasty Cake, a plastic fork, and a piece of paper towel. 🙂

This mom/grandma is impressed with their creativeness.

Their favorite eating place.

The view from Cerwin’s blind.

A broader view from Cerwin’s hunting stand.

This one and the following pictures are from Cerwin’s field camera.

They knew they were hunting early – before the rut – so were not real surprised to not have any shooting. Nor did they see many deer during the daylight hours.

Some of them had another hunt planned – to Nebraska – and could not go later, so maybe in another year they will go back here, but later in the season.

They were encouraged by Cerwin’s field camera shots at night – which told there were deer in the area – and some nice buck.

A hunter can always dream about next year. 🙂

Sportsmen’s Dinner at Worship Center

Friday Evening, March 3

Cerwin and I – and some of our family members and friends enjoyed this dinner and program.

The stage was decorated with beautiful wildlife mounts.

Dinner by Hess Catering.

There was also a choice of sodas or water and cake.

I enjoy visiting vendors. This one caught my eye, because you can go on a mission trip and hunt – in a variety of countries.

This lady and her husband make beautiful wooden pieces.

We always make sure to visit Kevin who represents Whitetail Trophy Hunt (Missouri) where Cerwin hunted several years ago.

Tim Keller (Keller Auctioneers) and his team did a great job at the live auction.

Every now and then there was a shot of the audience on the screen. I can see several of our group on the front left.

Door prizes

Brodie Swisher from Tennessee was the evening speaker.

He encourages making some of your hunts a time for family.

It’s not always about getting a trophy animal, but it’s about the time you spend with your children and teaching them godly principles as you hunt.

He closed with a message from the Bible.

Each of us was challenged to have a personal relationship with Jesus.

Great American Outdoor Show ~ Part 4

Monday, February 6

One trip that is still on my bucket list is a photo safari to South Africa.

So I visited the South Africa vendors in Outfitters Hall. It may never happen, but one can dream – and to make a dream happen we must sometimes take the first step. 🙂

Some of the safari vendors interested me, others not so much.

After Jim Shockey’s program, I asked Cerwin if he wanted to visit some of the South African vendors – and dream with me.

In between visiting South Africa vendors, we stopped to admire several taxidermist displays.

Just about the time I thought we had visited every safari vendor, we came upon this one – Bosbok Safaris.

What a delight to meet Phil and Kate de Koch.

We know the Wagners and Martins who hunted and did photo safaris with them, and thought it would be fun to find the outfitter they used – but didn’t really expect they would be here.

They showed us lots of pictures of the Wagner family’s visit last year – and even had 2017 calendars for us to take to John and Joyce. The calendars featured their children and grandchildren who had successful hunts.

Now we know where to go for a safari in South Africa – but we are still in the dreaming stage. 🙂

Great American Outdoor Show ~ Part 3

Monday, February 6

Jim Shockey posed for pictures before his part of the program started in the Small Arena.

This is when Cerwin and I had agreed to meet as we both wanted to see his program.

This was my favorite part of the day – other than my delicious ham and cheese soft pretzel sandwich. 🙂

We enjoy watching his interesting Hunting Adventures on TV.

Jim Shockey is a Canadian outdoor writer, a professional big game outfitter and television producer and host for many hunting shows.

He is the producer and host of Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures, Jim Shockey’s Uncharted on Outdoor Channel and Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures on Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel.

He told a few personal stories, gave some hunting hints, and showed several videos.

If you have ever seen Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis – you can “feel” this picture.

He spoke and gave information for half an hour, then took questions.

We have a new appreciation for him after seeing him in person.

Great American Outdoor Show ~ Part 1

Monday, February 6

(Day 3 of my birthday week)

We arrived early so we could park close to the building.

There was already a line, but not too bad.

It was a nice day to stand outside for 3/4 of an hour and talk to people around us.

Before long the line went around the building. We were supposed to stand 5 deep and leave space for the people to walk by us who had to go to another line. This line had tickets. Those who walked by us went to another area to buy tickets.

After getting my bearings and figuring out the shortest distance between the large and small arena – where I spent most of my time while Cerwin visited outfitters and checked out hunting supplies – I bought coffee and a pretzel sandwich and watched the dock dogs in the large arena.

I enjoyed watching this dog. She appeared to be new to a dock, but was familiar with retrieving things from a pool or lake.

Sometimes they threw the object into the water and let her jump in. Other times she was told to stay.

Then it was time to go to the small arena to watch the Birds of Prey show.

I’ll tell you about that tomorrow evening.

Sportsman’s Dinner & Expo ~ Part 2

Saturday Evening, January 28

4:00 pm: We enjoyed a seminar by Steve Sorensen (for north western Pennsylvania) on “Choosing Quality Optics.”

We learned a lot of interesting facts about optics that are used for hunting.

The pastor of Grace Point Nazarene Church (Ephrata) led a prayer of blessing on the meal.

5:00 pm meal

When I took the photo, I didn’t realize my dinner roll was hiding the pulled pork.

Everything was delicious (pulled pork, venison meatloaf, potatoes, baked beans, corn, coleslaw, dinner roll, and dessert), but the pulled pork – which had been smoked – was fabulous!

This lady was standing in front of me for a bit. She said the shirt was a gift from a friend.

Steve Sorensen demonstrating his turkey call to a young man.

6:30 pm: First Time Kill Awards were given to young people by Kevin VanBuskirk.

This was just after our grandson Jared got his award. I was interested in watching and forgot to get a picture when Kevin gave him the award. 🙂 The picture in the background is of Jared with his deer.

This photo was taken by Jere (Jared’s dad).

This year the successful hunters were all boys.

Following the door prizes, Steve shared stories and information about hunting mature whitetail deer.

His website is

Though I am not a hunter, I enjoy learning new information and hearing stories at these wildlife suppers and expos.

Sportsman’s Dinner & Expo ~ Part 1

Saturday Evening, January 28

After putting our things on seats – to save them for the program – we walked around to visit vendors and see displays.

One of my first stops was with Roy Reiff (left) – a neighbor and friend who owns a hunting guide service in Montana.

Before long, Larry, a friend from church stopped to talk to him.

You can read more about it on his website:

The stage

Checking out door prizes

It was easy to see this vendor was displaying something for ladies. 🙂 I enjoyed talking with Jessica Keffer.

If interested, you can find her on Facebook at

More vendors and displays

Small children’s door prizes

Door prizes for children 6 to 12.

Every child and young person up to age 12 gets a prize.

These little guys said they were checking to see if the bear had cavities.

Our hunting friend Kevin VanBuskirk was manning the Whitetail Trophy Hunt exhibit.

Cerwin enjoyed hunting with Whitetail Trophy Hunt (Missouri) in 2014.


Cerwin talking to other hunters

This was our crew – Josh, Jared, Ian’s friend Trent , Ian, Jere, and Cerwin – waiting for the 4:00 pm seminar – “Choosing Quality Optics.”


Part 2 tomorrow night.

A Successful Whitetail Hunt

hunting-1It started with target practice on Saturday, November 26. Ian and Jere

Most of these pictures are from Cerwin and Jere’s cell phones.

hunting-2Josh, Ian and Jere

hunting-7Josh and Jared


hunting-3Jesse is not old enough to hunt but enjoyed target practice with a 22.


hunting-5Good job, Jesse.

hunting-8Jere’s pickup truck was full of hunting clothes and gear when they left for Tioga County early the next day.

hunting-9Josh, Cerwin, Ian, Jared, and Jere

hunting-10The next picture I saw was this one from when they were checking out the territory and setting up Cerwin’s ground blind.

hunting-12Jared shot this buck – with a broken antler – shortly after the opening of the season on Monday morning.

hunting-11Ian and Cerwin were in the same ground blind.

hunting-13By the end of the day, everyone saw deer, but Jared is the only one who had shooting.

hunting-14They were going to hunt again on Tuesday morning, but it was raining, so they headed home and stopped at a restaurant for breakfast.


hunting-16Cerwin wondered how I knew where they were eating when he texted this picture to me. I told him to read the placemat. 🙂

hunting-17While they stood in the garage, I stood in the rain to take this picture.

hunting-18Thanks to Jared, the Jere High family will have venison in the freezer this year.


Cerwin was in West Virginia a week earlier with our oldest son Jeff, his sons Jordan and Nate and our brother-in-law Marlin. Jeff was the only one who bagged a buck – so their family will also have some venison for the freezer. I didn’t see any pictures from that hunt. It was a cold, windy – sometimes snowy series of days for them.

Hunting Near Wellsboro

Sunday, November 29 through Tuesday, December 1

Hunters (1)Jere, Jana, and Ian arrived at our house about 7:50 AM and quickly packed Cerwin’s things into Jere’s suburban.

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Hunters (4)The hunters

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Hunters (6)Prayer for safety –  in travel and while hunting.

Hunters (7)Later in the afternoon – after they were settled in their motel room and had chosen their hunting spots for the next morning, I received two more pictures.

Hunters (8)Grandpa and Ian would be hunting from this blind. Jana and Jere were in another area of the farm.

Hunters (9)Later in the day, Cerwin sent me this picture of them enjoying supper in a nearby restaurant.

They stay in a motel suite and eat in restaurants, so this is not a “rough it” kind of hunt. 🙂

Hunters (12)I was so excited to hear that Ian shot his first buck – a six-point – on Monday morning.

After shooting it, Ian looked at Cerwin and said, “Wow! I just shot a buck. Thank you, God!” Then he gave his grandpa a high-five. 🙂 What a great memory for both of them.

Hunters (15)Then a few hours later I received a text/photo that Jana had downed a four-point.

Hunters (17)The owner of the land made it easy for them to transport the deer.

Hunters (18)Since Tuesday was a very rainy day, Cerwin and Jere decided to end the hunt. They had planned to hunt again in the morning, but hunting in the rain is not enjoyable.

Jere and Kristen are pleased to have enough venison for themselves and to donate some hamburger to a local group home where their adopted 70-year-old son, Gregg, lives.

Sportsmen’s Dinner

Friday evening, March 6 – Worship Center, Leola, Pennsylvania.

Sportsmans Dinner (1)Jana, Josh, Ian, Cerwin, Jere, and I went for the 5:00 PM meal. (There are three time choices – 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, and 6:00 PM.)

We like the early seating, as it gives us time to see vendors and reserve seats in the auditorium before the crowd arrives.

Sportsmans Dinner (2)My platter of ribs, pulled pork, beans, macaroni salad, and coleslaw. There was also a wide variety of desserts – which I did not photograph.

This delicious food was prepared by Hess’s BBQ –

Sportsmans Dinner (3)I enjoyed reading the Bible verses on the wall of the fellowship hall.

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Sportsmans Dinner (5)We enjoyed visiting vendors – especially Kevin (blue shirt) who is our local contact person for Whitetail Trophy Hunt, Osage Beach, Missouri, where Cerwin hunted in 2013 – and I went along for the experience.

Sportsmans Dinner (6)Next to him were our neighbors Roy & Faye Reiff, owners of Rawhide Guide Service.

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Sportsmans Dinner (9)Ian entered a shooting competition.

Sportsmans Dinner (10)He was surprised and pleased to learn – during the program – that he earned second place.

Sportsmans Dinner (11)His prize – a Hunting Video Game.

Sportsmans Dinner (13)A favorite vendor of mine is the beautiful decoys.

Sportsmans Dinner (12)It amazes me that these are hand made.

Sportsmans Dinner (14)The skilled owners of Metzger Decoys.

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Sportsmans Dinner (17)I enjoyed visiting with these vendors.

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Sportsmans Dinner (19)Taxidermy is another skill that fascinates me.

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Sportsmans Dinner (23)After reserving 17 seats for our family and friends, and visiting vendors, I went to the silent auction room and bid on a few things.

Each item I bid on eventually received higher bids, meaning I didn’t get anything. That’s good, because I really didn’t need anything.

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Sportsmans Dinner (29)Then I went to the auditorium to wait for the program to begin. The stage was decorated with a flock of turkeys.

Sportsmans Dinner (30)Several items were auctioned at 7:00 PM – just before the beginning of a huge assortment of door prizes.

Jordan and I were the only two from our group who had our number called. I forget what he won, but I got a pink t-shirt (which I gave to Jana and Diana – I think Jana kept it.), a wildlife blanket (which looks great in the man cave.), and a $25 gift certificate to Kohl’s (which I spent on a maxi skirt).

Sportsmans Dinner (31)It took about an hour to give away all the door prizes – then they threw a lot of t-shirts , into the audience. You can see many of our family members in this photo – hoping to get a shirt. See if you can find: Jere, Diana, Jeff (look between Diana and Jana), Jana, Nate (behind Jana), Josh, Jenna (mostly hidden behind Josh), Dustan, Ian, (front) my empty seat, and Cerwin. Jordan (hidden behind Diana) and three friends were also there, and next to Jere were two other friends for whom we saved seats. That should equal our 17 seats.

Sportsmans Dinner (33)The featured speaker was Chad Schearer (and his family), a champion elk caller and outfitter from Montana.

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Sportsmans Dinner (34)He began by asking us to imagine that it was early morning and we were in a field surrounded by elk.

Sportsmans Dinner (35)He began calling elk, and soon we heard elk behind us.

Sportsmans Dinner (36)The 2nd and 3rd calls came from his sons Wyatt and Walker who walked in the back doors and up the aisle to the stage while calling elk.

Sportsmans Dinner (37)Walker

Sportsmans Dinner (38)Wyatt and his dad.

Sportsmans Dinner (39)He asked how many young hunters bagged their first deer this year. There were quite a few. He gave prizes to several – including these bows.

Sportsmans Dinner (40)After introducing his boys, doing a variety of wildlife calls, and showing some hunting and fishing videos, he called his wife Marcia to the stage.

Sportsmans Dinner (41)It was quite fun to hear about some of their hunting experiences.

He closed the program with a gospel message – reminding us that it is important to invite your friends and family to enjoy the great outdoors, but it is even more important to invite Christ into your life and follow Him.