Paris area pastor loves his hunting

HUNTER'S PRIDE: Ryan Shrable stands in his home with displays of the various successes he's enjoyed throughout his hunting career. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)
HUNTER’S PRIDE: Ryan Shrable stands in his home with displays of the various successes he's enjoyed throughout his hunting career. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

PARIS – Ryan Shrable likes where he’s at when it comes to hunting.

Shrable is pastor of Big Jackson Church of God southwest of Paris. He’s been in the area for seven years and came from Arkansas. Along with his pastoral duties he works for the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District as a driver.

Shrable is a native of Michigan. His dad was a pastor in the state. He and his wife, Ramona, both graduated from White Cloud. He was born in Flint.

Shrable is especially an active deer hunter, having started since he was a youngster. He hunts with a bow and rifle.

“I’ve seen a lot of deer this year,” he said. “I think it will be a good season. I’ve seen some deer close by, and good sized bucks.”

The biggest area buck Shrable has shot is a 10-pointer two years ago during rifle season.

“I tried to do something and ran across a couple of good scrapes so I knew there were going to be some deer in the area,” he said. “I had some family come from out of state to go deer hunting. I settled all them into good spots. I crossed a creek and low and behold, here he comes.”

The buck was about 40 yards from Shrable in a swamp area in public land.

“I would say (deer numbers) are up,” he said. ”I haven’t been out in the woods on seeing the signs. But from the fields out here, it looks like it’s going to be a good season.”

Usually, Shrable has been successful in his hunting endeavors on an annual basis.

“When the family’s up, I try to put them where I think are good spots,” he said. “But they’ve been getting skunked. For some reason, I’ve been blessed. I try to go where I think they’re going to be. I definitely look for signs, look for trails, look for scrapes and try to find where the acorns are at.”

His hunting ventures are mainly focused on deer.

“I went turkey hunting one year with some guys and missed one. So that’s been the last time I’ve been out,” he smiled.”

Shrable has mounted at his home an Axis deer that he shot in Texas in 1989.

“We did a lot of elk hunting in Colorado,” he said. “When my boys were younger, we’d go out every year. We got one every year.

“Even around here, I keep my eyes open. We’ve see two bears around here, even a cougar.”

When it comes to hunting, Shrable said he likes the relaxing aspect.

“If I don’t get one, I’m really not upset,” he said. “I enjoy going but I enjoy getting out, sitting down for awhile and walking for awhile. I do a lot of walking.”

His main fishing activity comes from his association with another area resident and active outdoorsman, Pat Wilson.

“He’s been trying to get me going perch fishing on the Muskegon River,” Shrader smiled. “I’ve been ice fishing with Pat at the Haymarsh for perch and bluegills.”

But hunting has been Shrable’s main love, and for good reason.

“Dad started me hunting when I was a teenager and that’s what got me into it,” he said. “We started spending time together. That’s what really change my life, I was having a rough time in school. He bought me a single shot .410 and bought himself a 12 gauge. We started going squirrel hunting.”

Shrable is impressed with the hunting opportunities this area offers.

“I think it’s the best I’ve seen anywhere,” he said. “I know a lot of guys go out of state. A lot of it depends what they’re hunting for. Some go to Iowa and Ohio for larger bucks, which they definitely get.”