Rumford hunter bags first deer while taking break from hunting
Terry Karkos Sun Journal
Arsenault and his son, Damien, 10, both of Rumford, proudly display dad’s first deer. The 8 point buck weighed 193 pounds on the scale at the Rumford Fire Department tagging station Saturday, the opening day of Maine’s regular firearms deer season.
RUMFORD, Maine Taking a break from deer hunting by sitting in the sun to warm up on Saturday was the right place at the right time for Rumford hunter “Cussy” Arsenault and his 10 year old son, Damien.
The elder Arsenault, who bought his hunting license Friday night, bagged an 8 point, 193 pound buck with a .44 Magnum rifle two hours into Maine regular firearms deer season.
“We were just sitting on a rock on the edge of a hollister sale power line on a frosty morning,” Arsenault told Rumford firefighters as they lifted the deer from his pickup bed toward the weight scale at the department tagging station.
“It was getting cold, so we picked a spot to sit down and out he come, Arsenault sai hollister sale d. were just getting ready to head home, too.”
“Some people have all the luck,” a fellow hunter said.
Arsenault said he only been hunting a couple of years. Saturday buck was his first.
“I seen this one two years in a row and missed him,” he said.
A few minutes earlier, Curtis Steele, 13, of Rumford and his dad watched Deputy fire Chief Chris Bryant weigh Steele spike horn buck at 113 pounds.
“I thought it was a doe when he come in,” Steele dad said.
They were hunting from a tree stand and didn have a doe permit.
“I told Curtis, shoot it! he said.
It has spikes, Curtis told his father.
He said he fired two shots and dropped it. It was his second deer in four years. Last year, he bagged a 218 pound deer.
The youth said he enjoys hunting and spending time with his father.
He said he was surprised to find only three, the largest of which was a 230 pounder taken by Hillary Cayer of Rumford.
“The weather good for opening day, coming in with some cold weather and not a lot of wind, but boy, I don know, I haven encountered a lot of hunters,” Smith said. “It seems a little slow for the first day, but it will pick up.
“I been listening to the radio and haven heard any complaint come in for a violation, so knock on wood,” he said.
He said wardens earlier had cited one hunter for baiting deer in Peru. at Doug Webster Trading Post tagging station at the corner of Routes hollister sale 2 and 26 in Newry, a hunte hollister sale r had yet to bring in a deer.