Young hunter has success in Hersey area

HERSEY — It’s been quite a hunting season for Emily Fabus of Ashley.

She was hunting outside Hersey on opening day with her grandfather, Tom Fabus Sr., and father, Tom Fabus Jr. out of her great-grandfather Alfred Fowler’s hunting blind.

Emily struck it rich early in the morning with a 9-point trophy buck which had the start of a 10th drop tine.

“This is Emily’s fourth buck since she has been hunting, all out of the same blind,” Tom Jr. said. “Emily was hunting with a 35 caliber rifle and made an outstanding 78-yard shot while the deer was moving.”

Tom Jr. noted that they were hunting on his dad’s land outside Hersey. It’s property that Emily’s great grandfather, called by Tom “a great outdoorsman,” purchased. Tom Sr. lives here, on Muskegon River, while Emily and her dad live in Ashley.

“Emily started hunting four years ago and has shot all her deer from her blind,” Tom Jr. said. “It’s the spot my grandfather gave up to me when I started hunting and I gave up to her when she started hunting. Our family always gets together for firearms opener for as long back as I can remember.”

Tom Jr. is now 43.

“We all hunt the same area and Em and I usually hunt together,” he said. “We saw does and a couple smaller bucks that opening weekend. Em was successful on what I consider a trophy 9- point, 17-inch spread and a small 10th drop tine on it.”