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2008 Dan Hart
Dan Hart says: 'To whom it may concern:
I am writing this note as to my, personal and hunting experiences with David Poerio Jr., over the pass 30 or so years Ive known him, as a friend and deer hunter.
First of all David is one of the finest men I have ever known as to his character honesty and fairness. Although no one is perfect, I know he walks as closely as he can to his Christian beliefs. I have seen him in tough situations were he stayed close to his faith, when many others would not have. I know he has always stayed faithful to me as a friend, in many situations where most of my so called closest friends would not and have not stayed faithful.
I met David through a deer hunting lease he and others had put together in north Alabama some 30years ago. He helped me improve my deer hunting skills enormously then and continues to do so. I have found his knowledge of deer hunting and his willingness to share it, second to none. David has constantly told me things about deer, that years and years later, the best experts, including university deer researchers, are just beginning to talk about. In my opinion these experts would do well to consult with him, as to what to study, and how to study it. His knowledge of deer is that good. Over the years I have known him I have always found his knowledge and advice to be dead, on even when I was first skeptical of it.
A case in point is Davids helping me hunt the big buck sign on my 1500 acres of hunting leases in north Alabama a few years ago. I was tired of seeing all the big buck sign, without seeing the big bucks that made it. So I paid David to come down to Alabama to show me, how, when, and where to hunt. I took him to all the sign, and he told me, how to hunt it, and the kind of bucks making it. Over the past two years since then, I and a friend, Ed Tomlin, Rocky Drakes cameraman for his hunts, as host of PSE S Adventure Bow Hunting Program, on the Outdoor Channel, have killed two 3.5 yea old bucks, scoring between 110 and 115 inches pope and young (which is great for north Alabama) in three hunts, in the exact spot David told us to hunt. The only problem with this, which I figured out late this last hunting season, after killing the buck described below, is we were settling for the smaller bucks using the area, where we killed these bucks. I also killed a nice 6.5 year old buck, two years ago about fifty yards from where David told me to hunt the sign the buck was making.
David told me the bucks making the best sign I showed him in Alabama would score some where between the 140 and 160 inches or so. Even though I know that he knows what he is talking about, I found this hard to believe, because i have never seen bucks of that size in the twenty five years I have hunted much of the lease. Well in January of this year (2008). I killed a fourteen point buck which scored 173 4/8 inches North American scoring (gross). This buck, as of the last published Alabama record book well be the second largest buck ever taken with a bow and arrow in the state of Alabama. Only after killing this buck, did I begin to truly understand much of what David had been telling me for years.
I have also personally seen David help other hunters take huge bucks in the state of West Virginia; about ten years ago he personally put me on a nice 3.5 year old 11 point buck which I would not have killed without his help.
After David leased the land he presently has in West Virginia, I hunted there with him the first several years. About the third year of the lease, I personally saw his 15 hunter group kill 12 nice bucks ,8 of which scored over pope and young. Having met these guys and seeing all the help David was giving them, I know for certain they would have killed only a small fraction of these bucks, with out his help and expertise!
Since I joined the quality deer management association three years ago, I have had the privilege of meeting many of the top deer experts and scientist as well as reading their books and attending their presentations at the last two Q.D.M. associations, national conventions. Although i have learned a lot about deer I didn not know from them, to a great extent much of the information they presented, David Poerio had already told me. For example at the 2008 convention, Neil Dougherty author of many excellent books and articles on managing and hunting whitetail deer, mentioned during his presentation that game cameras on his personal hunting land in New York state,( which he also gives education tours of), at night had captured on several occasions pictures of deer following the exact path he and his party had taken that day on his land as they walked across it. Well, David had told me deer did this about twenty years ago, explaining that this was the way old mature bucks and does learned about their enemy, humans and how to avoid us inside their home range. Again my Q.D.M experiences confirmed that David Poerio knows what he is talking about when it comes to deer and how to hunt them and is at least on par, with the best deer experts in the United States period!
In conclusion form my experiences with David Poerio Jr., anyone interested in managing land for whitetail deer, hunting deer more successfully, and finding out how to kill those big bucks that are constantly giving them the slip; would do extremely well to seek his advice. David can help any deer hunter save, time, money, and effort, while taking more deer and bigger bucks. He can also help any deer land manager grow healthier deer and bigger bucks as fast and inexpensively as possible.
You can truly trust Davids advice and expertise as to his beloved whitetail deer and the out of doors which, along with his faith in God, and his love and devotion for his family, is his lifes passion.
p.s. thanks for helping dr. Holdsambeck and I find the 4.5 year old buck he shot 10/19/2008 which grossed 130 inches,( advice via telephone).
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