Deer Kill: Frost's monster best of slow Day 1
Charlie Frost walked into Grrr Gear in Orange late in the day on Monday with a grin from ear to ear, and for good reason.
The Athol resident bagged the largest opening-day deer in at least three years during Day 1 of the 2013 Massachusetts shotgun deer hunting season on Monday.
The Day 1 overall numbers were off the pace from one season ago when a five-year high 85 deer were harvested on opening day amidst beautiful weather conditions. Monday saw overcast but seasonably warm weather, but just 44 deer were harvested. The numbers do not include Day 1 results from the Sunderland Hatchery, which did not report on Monday.
The total was easily the smallest since 2007, with the previous low of 58 deer coming on a rainy opening day in 2009. Other past Day 1 totals included 117 in 2007 (a 10-year high), 74 in 2008, 77 in 2010, and 65 in 2011.
Frost easily shot the heaviest deer on Day 1 with a 198-pound, eight-point buck that he checked into Grrr Gear. The 198-pounder is five pounds heavier than the largest from Day 1 of last season, and is the largest in at least three years. The second heaviest deer shot on Day 1 belonged to Tim Skrocki from Westhampton, who shot a 154-pound, seven-point buck that was checked at Gould’s Sugarhouse in Shelburne Falls.
Then there is the story of Carl Perella from West Springfield, who may want to think about writing a book about opening-day hunting, because the man has got a knack for bagging big bucks on Day 1. Last season, Perella shot a 12-point, 172-pound buck, that was the largest rack of the season. He now has an eight-pointer to add to his trophy room after he shot the third largest buck of the day with his 146-pound, eight-pointer that he checked into Gould’s.
Nine of the 44 deer harvested on opening day were eight-pointers.
Gould’s led the way in opening day checks with 22, which was 10 less than last season when the Sugarhouse checked a five-year high 32. That came after Gould’s checked just 15 on opening day in 2011. Grrr Gear was next on the list with 15 checks, one less than last season, but a number presumably helped out by the fact that Flagg’s Bait & Tackle Shop in Orange is not checking deer during the first week this season because the biologists are at Grrr Gear this week and would like to have all the deer checked into one place for their sake. Flagg’s will begin checking deer next week.
The Bitzer Hatchery in Montague had just seven checks on Day 1, down six from last year’s total.
Check Wednesday’s edition of The Recorder for Day 1 kills from Sunderland as well as the entire harvest during Day 2.
Here’s a look at all 44 checks:
Tim Skrocki, Westhampton, 154, 7; Shane Farlon, Charlemont, 98, 2; Douglas Johnson, Charlemont, 114, doe; Michael Boisvert, Readsboro, Vt., 128, 8; Liam Wheeler, West Halifax, Vt., 139, 4; James Booth, Osterville, 93, 2; Jonathan Gates, Sunderland, 120, 1; Howard Phelps Sr., Colrain, 114, 8; Michael Gagliarducci, Readsboro, Vt., 90, 6; Jake Orzechowski, Hawley, 121, 6.
Barry Sullivan, Charlemont, 117, 5; William Chipman, Whitinsville, 130, 8; Carl Peralla, West Springfield, 146, 8; Michael Seally, East Longmeadow, 108, 4; Arthur Antons, Concord, 93, 6; Gary Hicks, Florence, 113, 5; Kyle Turner, Greenfield, 119, 5; James Tilley, Bolton, Conn., 133, 6; Brian Lynde, Colrain, 124, 8; David Vight, Colrain, 113, 3.
Rick Sumner, Buckland, 132, 8; Michael Douglas, Danville, N.H., 126, 7.
Grrr Gear (15)
Charlie Frost, Athol, 198, 8; Christopher Roche, Athol, 129, 8; Dalton Fisher Jr., Orange, 78, 5; John Fuller, Lowell, 62, doe; Myron Holloway, Athol, 129, spike; Mitch Mailloux, Erving, 121, 7; P.J. Softic, Athol, 112, 6; Franklin Foreman, Rutland, n/w, 3; Dale West, Athol, 91, spike; Tim Cleveland, Athol, 92, spike.
Vincent MacDonald, Orange, 86, 4; Steven Burgielewicz, Easthampton, 135, 8; Jeffrey Cislo, Crownsville, Md., 117, 2; Andrew Belloli, Orange, 94, spike.
George Holmes, Gill, 115, 4; Stefan E. Calabria, Mt. Hermon, 111, 3; Ronald Michaud, Guilford, Vt., 113, 5; Victor Lamountain Jr., Greenfield, 116, doe; Jon M. Sojka, Turners Falls, 113, doe; Kevin Howard, Lake Pleasant, 103, 2; William B. Stratford, Leverett, 125, 4.