January 10-Chris Richards grew up in Dixfield, immersed in Maine’s hunting and fishing culture. His parents and grandparents were enthusiastic outdoor enthusiasts and thanked him for those opportunities.
“Some of my first hunting and fishing memories are like fishing in the Wadleigh Pond. [in Piscataquis County]”Staying in the tent with my grandfather,” Richards said. “The tradition of climbing large forests has always been the norm.”
Richards has become the main registration guide, but his two daughters, husband and father, hold full-time positions as Vice-President of Registration and Administration at the University of Maine.
Once the time is found, Harmon’s residents will guide his favorite pastime, Moose Hunting, along with Eagle Lake’s OMM Outfitters. Richards also enjoys deer hunting, but November usually doesn’t have much free time.
The day after Thanksgiving, he headed north for a hunting day later in the season. But even with his wealth of experience and passion for hunting, Richards couldn’t anticipate the challenges he would face.
Unknowingly suffering from COVID-19, he shook off illness, fatigue, and stormy weather and experienced one of his greatest thrills in the woods.
On November 25, Richards ascended to Wildlife Management District 4, north of Golden Road, in search of big bucks at 2:45 am.
“I was hunting elk in this area and actually saw a fair amount of deer and deer signs in five days of hunting in this particular area,” Richards said.
When I drove in the dark, the snow became heavy. There were no other tire marks on the road. Perfect.
When he arrived, the excitement began to rise, and he overcame fatigue and headaches. He leaned forward and took a nap.
“When I woke up, the sun was completely bright and it was snowing like crazy,” Richards said. “I’m fine, it’s like I’m feeling better now.”
He jumped out and walked two miles, but never cut the road. He retreats to the truck and decides to visit an area that was being logged during the moose season.
There he found a nice dollar fresh truck and tracked it for about 20 minutes. He chased after seeing a flash of deer tail on a distant ridge. Richards’ optimism gradually diminished.
The deer never slowed down, turned, or lay down.
“We went zigzag through the most brutal Maine cedar swamps we could imagine,” Richards said.
Finally, the deer turned north away from the truck parked more than two miles south. The snow continued mercilessly, so he decided to give up pursuing at 2:30 pm.
After walking 17,000 steps, Richards began a long trek back to the truck. He was thinking about the day after it hit.
“Suddenly, I had the greatest fatigue I’ve ever experienced in my life,” said Richards, who was suffering from severe headaches and lightheadedness.
“I actually had to sit down, set the fire and get together. I felt it was sick.”
Rest helped him reorganize and return to the track. He sent a satellite message to his wife Jeanne, telling her how ill he was.
It was almost 3:30 pm. Richards ate a sandwich of peanut butter and jelly and drank a few cups of coffee before going home.
Richards passed another large backtrack across the road before traveling more than a mile or two. He stepped on the brakes and retreated.
“It snows as hard as it does, and there’s no such thing as flakes. I smoke fresh,” Richards said of the hoof print.
Adrenaline and his hunting instinct took over. He couldn’t resist.
“I’m a little forgotten that I’m very sick. I said,” Screw it in, I’ll keep track of it for 30 minutes, “Richards said.
Within half a mile, he came around a young maple stall, where it was standing and feeding on Broadside, 35 yards away.
“He raised his head and looked at me, and when I touched one, he was gone,” said Richards, who flashed back to his back encounter six days ago.
He found gold 40 yards away.
“It was just a textbook, a classic, flatfoot Aragash dollar, a big, heavy eight-pointer,” he said.
The deer dressed up for £ 215. This is the second largest in his history. Richards could hardly contain himself and sent another message to Jeanne.
“I just shot a huge amount of money, I can’t believe it. Tell everyone,” he said, noting the contrasting tone of the message sent every 35 minutes.
The story wasn’t over yet.
After dressing the deer outdoors, Richards began to drag.
“I was humble,” he said, and felt the size of the work.
He noticed that the drag was shorter when walking from the truck towards the parallel winter road. Richards knew his truck could get in there.
He walked to the truck and returned to the deer. He had a hard time pulling it behind the pickup.
“All of us dreamed of hunting the romantic northern forest,” Richards said.
Instead of going home, he drove west to Jackman to stay with his step-in-law. He frequently stopped along a 97-mile snow-covered logging road to make sure the deer was still in bed.
Still ecstatic about hunting, Richards arrives at his house-in-law. He told them he was sick and kept a distance. He went home in the morning.
After losing his sense of taste on Sunday, Richards tested positive for COVID-19. Jeanne and her daughters Kennedy (6 years old) and Ella (5 years old) were also infected with the virus. They were all quarantined for two weeks and fully recovered.
“I certainly didn’t expect to go north, [later] I learned that I was infected with COVID-19 and nevertheless shot such a huge amount of money, and that was exactly what happened, “Richards said.
“It was definitely a blessing to get that money, especially with me,” he said. “I’m glad there was a final push of motivation to try it.”