Ashley woman bags two bucks in Hersey area

Emily Fabus shows her two bucks/
Emily Fabus shows her two bucks/

HERSEY— Emily Fabus is a 19-year old resident of Ashley and currently a sophomore at Central Michigan.

Fabus is also a very successful hunter. She’s been hunting six years.

Emily was hunting with her father, Tom Fabus Jr. and grandfather Tom Fabus Sr. outside Hersey, on property owned by the family for generations. She was the only one hunting while the others were observers. Her dad had hunted during bow season.

“Emily hunts in the same hunting spot her great grandfather, Alfred Fowler, gave up for his grandson, me, to hunt 31 years ago and is now Emily’s golden spot,” Tom Fabus, Jr,. who is a captain with the investigations division in the Lansing Police Department, said. “Emily was hunting with an American Ruger .243.”

On Nov.16 during an evening hunt, Emily took a 8-point buck at 85 yards. Hunting from the same blind, on Nov. 17 during an evening hunt, Emily found success again with a 7-point buck at 90 yards.

The first one was a challenge for Emily.

“Actually, there were two other bucks out there before my buck walked out,” she said. “It was like a spike and a 4-pointer, something like that. There was a buck and a doe all around a feeder. There were so many. We were waiting and watching.”

The 8-pointer emerged and the Fabuses were waiting for it to move to the feeder.

“I was trying to get a shot,” Emily said. “All the other deer were out there, I couldn’t get a shot. Once it got under the feeder, I had a shot.”

But too many deer were standing around her buck. She finally got a shot and it dropped 10 feet away from the feeder.

“We actually had a picture of it on my camera (prior to the hunt),”Fabus said.

The next day, she got an easier shot at her second buck.

“There was only one doe out there,” Fabus said. “When that one walked out, it was behind a bush. I said ‘I’m going to take it when I have a shot.’ He was watching a doe.”

She shot it but they had to follow a blood trail around 70 yards.

“It was a pleasant surprise,” Emily said. “I wasn’t expecting to get two back-to-back.”

Fabus has now bagged seven deer during her hunting career.

“There were a couple of years I didn’t get anything,” she said. “These were two of my nicest. The first hunt, there was more pressure. It was getting dark and there were a lot of deer out there.”