This hunting season, student hunters who attend Mathews Local Schools were invited to participate in friendly competition while enjoying time with their families outdoors. The idea started last fall when Mathews Local Schools’ School Resource Officer Steve Smith was approached by Fowler Police Chief Mike Currington with the idea of hosting a biggest deer competition for student hunters in the district. There were two parts to the competition. The first part was based on the weight of the buck or doe. The second part was based on rack size. For both competitions, the deer had to be harvested legally and in free range in Ohio or Pennsylvania between September 26, 2020 and February 7, 2021.
Fourteen hunters entered the competition. Of the 14, five students successfully tagged deer.
In the 8- to 11-year-old age bracket, Mitchell McEvoy took first place with a 9-point buck that weighed 108.25 pounds. Kailee Tucker came in second with a 70-pound doe, and Cole Freudenrich came in third with a 61-pound button buck.
In the 12- to 15-year-old age bracket, Richard White placed first with a 8-point buck that weighed 156 pounds.
In the 16- to 19-year-old age bracket, Chase Hunter won with a 9-point buck that weighed 255.5 pounds. Hunter also placed first overall for heaviest deer.
On Saturday, February 21, 2021, the student hunters were awarded prizes for their efforts. We would like to thank the FOP Lodge #137, Fitzsimmons Builders, Dawn White, Denny Malloy, Vienna Township Trustee Phillip M. & Jill A. Pegg, Bockelman’s Landscaping, Inc., Tom Carr, Albie and Terry Crabbs, Fowler Trustee Steve Rudge, Autumn Addiction Archery, Brothers Pizza, Hovis Image Wear, Denovchek Realty, LLC, and Ron, Bonnie, Sarah and Mike Grope for donating all of the prizes to the competition.