Drew Ramage (Member) – I grew up hunting small game and deer with my Dad in Western Kentucky. Once I turned 16, I was in the woods every free moment and I still am to this day. The time I’ve devoted to my pursuit of whitetails is mind blowing and I‘ve learned a lot over the past 25+ years. I am married to my wonderful wife Shae and we have two blessings from Heaven in a boy named Ross and our daughter Riley. I work at Signet Federal Credit Union as a loan fficer and in my free time I’m thinking about Whitetails.
I hunt private land in Western Kentucky ranging from 20 acres to 80 acres in size. I may not have huge tracts of land to hunt, but do everything in my power to stack the odds in my favor. I have neighbors that share the same hunting values I do, plus the cover and food that Whitetails desire. My success rate has been very consistent for the last few years and I have been lucky enough to harvest my target buck the last four years.
Hopefully, I can share the knowledge I have gained in a way that is applicable to your hunting situation. We all have our reasons for why we hunt, but one thing is certain, we are drawn to whitetails.
Dale Wilson (Member) – I have been hunting and fishing for 50 years and one of my fondest memories was at age 11. I remember walking to a farm pound half a mile from my house at daylight and catching a 6.5 pound largemouth, it was so exciting. I hunted quail, rabbits and squirrels with a pellet gun until I got an Ithaca shotgun at age 12. My Papa took me hunting and fishing a lot during my teenage years and I was hooked.
At the age of 14 I started bow hunting with a recurve bow, but didn’t harvest my first deer until I was 16. I can tell you one thing, I missed a bunch before and after my first kill. In the early 80’s I started shooting compound bows and me and my two buddies hunted Ballard every weekend.
I have spent countless hours in the woods hunting all kinds of game. In 1981 I started hunting turkeys and had to go to Crittenden County because they did not have a turkey season in my area. This was my first hunt for turkeys and I got one and have been hooked ever since. I’ve hunted deer and turkey all over LBL in Kentucky and Tennessee. I don’t claim to even be close to a “Master” hunter, but I have gained a lot of knowledge of woodsmanship over the years. Most of my hunting now is with my grandchildren and I love it. Hopefully, thru Drawn To Whitetails I can share some things I have learned over the years to help others be successful.
I am married to my best friend of 40 years, Debbie (Matheny) Wilson. We have three daughters, Kelly, Sara and Sheena. and are blessed with 7 grandchildren. I am employed by Northwind Services as a Radiological Control Technician at the old PGDP in Paducah, KY. I was a taxidermist for 25 year, but now I own and operate Wilson Archery at 525 Stacks Lane, Wingo, KY. My wife is self-employed as a cosmetologist at Salon Elite in Mayfield, KY. I am really excited about our journey as D2W, God Bless and Hunt Hard.