Mother, Wife, Teacher – Deer Hunter

sandy_aron.jpgThe cool air, the peacefulness, and the sudden rush of adrenaline are all contributors to why Sandy Aron loves to hunt. “It’s hard to explain that feeling when the deer shows up – the adrenaline rush,” Aron said. “It’s serious competition.” Aron, a teacher at Bruce High School, has enjoyed her share of rushes
lately. Just last week she killed her first deer while bow hunting. She
had only taken up the bow a few weeks prior.


By JOEL McNEECE
The cool air, the peacefulness, and the sudden rush of adrenaline are all contributors to why Sandy Aron loves to hunt.
“It’s hard to explain that feeling when the deer shows up – the adrenaline rush,” Aron said. “It’s serious competition.”
Aron, a teacher at Bruce High School, has enjoyed her share of rushes lately. Just last week she killed her first deer while bow hunting. She had only taken up the bow a few weeks prior.
sandy_aron.jpg“I just started bow hunting this year. I have been practicing since the first of September three or four times a week,” Aron said. “I started hunting Oct. 1 when the season opened. I have been hunting two to three times a week and have missed two good bucks already.
“Then finally I got a buck this week. Bow hunting is very challenging. The deer are so close they can see you, smell you  and hear you. It has been harder than hunting with a gun, but I have enjoyed it very much.”
Aron wasn’t always so fired up about hunting. She was first introduced to it by her husband Jeremy, who has professionally led guided hunts, produced hunting videos and even designed and sold hunting apparel.
“I went a few times with Jeremy several years ago, but it didn’t take,” Aron laughed.
It did “take” with her girls, however. Jerrianna, 13, Jessica, 9, and Janey Laine, 8, have all discovered the joys of hunting with their dad.
“I like the rush,” Jerrianna said.
“I just like getting out of the house,” Jessica said.
“I just like to hunt,” Janey Laine followed.
“I think they all like going with their dad,” Aron said. “I think that’s why Jeremy gets a kick out of it, watching them and how excited they get. I realized if I wanted to spend time with him and the girls, I better get on the bandwagon.”
She did and soon found the same level of enjoyment.
“It’s so peaceful, quiet, very relaxing,” Aron said.
Last year during gun season she killed two 8-point bucks. Then the whole family went to Wyoming hunting and she killed an antelope.
“The Wyoming trip was one we’ll remember for a long time,” Aron said. “We all killed antelope and are having them mounted now.”
Aron said she’s typically been entering the woods around 5 p.m. She wears several layers of clothing, more so to keep the mosquitoes off than the cool air.
She wears a face mask, hat, puts out her mosquito repellent and some “No Scent” to cover the human smell that can keep the deer from approaching.
She climbs into a “ladder stand” approximately 10-12 feet off the ground and pulls her bow up by a rope. And then she waits.
“You have to be very still,” she said. “That’s the hardest part for me. I get fidgety after the first hour.”
She usually stays 30 minutes past dark, and its typically right at dusk when the deer make their appearance, assuming they do at all.
“Sometimes you see deer, sometimes you don’t,” she said. “Just the other night I saw a doe with two little spotted fawns walk up close. It was incredible just watching them.”
It’s about a mile deep into the woods where Aron hunts, so she has to carry a flashlight to get back out.
“Jeremy loves the woods at night,” Aron said. “Me, not so much. I guess I’ve seen too many horror movies.”
Aron said there was an emotional adjustment after her first kill with a bow.
“It was a little more emotional because the deer didn’t die right away,” she said. “I called Jeremy crying and he said it will take a few minutes. Don’t look.”
Aron considers herself a “spoiled” hunter because of her husband.
“He gave me his stand, his best spot and he comes and picks my deer up for me,” she said. “People say I’ve got it made.”

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