Wednesday, August 21, 2013

At the Library: Gander Mountain pros to talk about urban deer hunting

Kevin Matty, the manager at the Mentor Gander Mountain store, demonstrates the proper way to set up and use a tree stand during a hunting seminar last year at the Mentor Public Library's Read House.
With the bow hunting season beginning Sept. 28, Mentor Public Library is hosting a program on urban deer hunting with Gander Mountain from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the library’s main branch.

The professionals from the Gander Mountain Store in Mentor will offer tips on bow hunting, explain how to set up a tree stand, show different equipment that’s available to hunters and – most of all – talk about safety.

“Safety is the first thing when it comes to deer hunting,” said Kevin Matty, the Mentor Gander Mountain store manager.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re using a bow or something else. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a tree stand or standing on the ground. Everything starts with safety.”

The speakers will also have information on bag limits and other Ohio hunting regulations.

Bow hunting of white tailed deer was made legal in parts of Mentor last year. It’s also legal on some Lake Metroparks’ property and other areas of Lake County.

MPL Adult Information Services Librarian Cailey Williams said the library is always looking to hold programs that are relevant to its patrons.

“Urban deer hunting is a relatively new trend that people still have questions about,” she said.

“The professionals at Gander Mountain can not only answer these questions, they can also use their expertise to advise about equipment and best practices. Hopefully our patrons will walk away from this program more knowledgeable about the topic.”

The program is open to the public. However, people are asked to register for the program beforehand. They can do so by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 215 or visiting the library’s website.