Shooting big bucks has been a passion of Allen Logelin’s for quite some time. His latest passion: making hunting a family passion.
Allen’s passion has produced some nice bucks, including the 12-point, 300-pound buck he shot this season in a remote region near Cook, Minnesota. This monster buck would normally be the focus of any story. However, Allen was more interested in talking what happens before and after the hunt, and how the family gets involved.
Allen enjoys sharing the hunting tradition with his family—wife Sue and children Bailey and Chase. Sue didn’t hunt prior to meeting Allen. “Yeah, he taught me to hunt. He showed me what to do in the wind and all that stuff,” said Sue who is not interested in shooting trophy bucks. “It told Allen that I will be the meat hunter and he can continue to be the trophy hunter.”
Sue found out this season that she is not only the meat hunter—she is also on the deer recovery team. “That big deer was shot in the Boreal forest and we couldn’t use the four-wheeler,” recalls Sue. “Allen decides to hook up a rope and tie it around his waist....”
“We went a solid two hours of pulling that deer through the swamp and up a cliff the height of our house,” added Allen. “It was either go hundreds of yards around it for another hour or two or just go over this mountain.”
“It was horrible,” exclaimed Sue.
A decision was made to go over. “We pulled it straight up the hill,” said Allen. “I had it wrapped around me and pushed like a bulldozer a foot or two at a time. I would hold on to several little pine trees as she took a break.”
After suffering bouts of muscle fatigue, the mission was ultimately successful. “Besides this being one of my nice bucks, the story of Sue and I recovering the deer will be memorable.”
This trophy buck memory is just one of many. In addition to the 300-pounder shot this season, Allen also shot a 370-pound buck that was estimated to be about seven and a half years old in 2005. “I would have loved to see what that deer looked like a year or two before,” added Allen.
Allen also shot a pair of 16 pointers that weighed 267 and 240. They were shot within seconds of each other in 1996. “I rattled them both in during late season,” Allen noted referring to the same region he shot this year’s buck. “Back then, there were very few people. Now there are people all over.”
The trophy wall in the Logelin’s home also contains a couple of 13 pointers and a large 10 pointer that was shot closer to home.
The key to Allen’s success over the years has been knowing the area that he hunts in. He is not keen on sitting blindly and hoping for a deer to stumble upon him.
The actual hunt in November is just a fraction of the time that Allen spends in the woods. “I seem to spend more time after the season or in the spring; looking for sign; trying to really know their habits and where they live; knowing where they feed, and where they travel; and it is different in every area.”
“I still might sit 50 times before I get a buck,” Allen admitted. “I did sit all bow season and saw a few nice deer, but passed on them. The older you get, the easier it is to let the smaller ones pass by. It wasn’t until 15 years ago that I became disciplined enough to take a 10 or better.”
Hunting has been a family tradition for many years and it started early for Allen—three or four years old. He recalls hunting with his dad (Dan) and his grandpa (Chester) when they lived in Bagley near Bemidji.
Now Allen is passing on that tradition. “I was raised where we hunted as a family. Mom even went out, so it is important to have my wife learn and get out. We are also bringing our kids out to the stand.”
The family enjoys shed hunting in the spring and at the same time looking for sign. “During that process, we will find trails and beds and I will explain why a buck beds here—to see what he can’t smell and to smell what he can’t see.”
The bottom line... “These deer know more than you,” explains Allen. “Most people pattern deer and will see little ones, but rarely see big ones. The key is to jump around during the season and experiment. Pop into spots you wouldn’t consider.”
Allen is quite confident that there are big deer out there every year. “Everyone out there gets a shot at them and that is why it is so popular and exciting. A 12 year old can sit down in the right spot and have a chance.”
After being raised in the hunting tradition, Allen is now committed to passing it on to his wife and children also. “My family is really enjoying this,” concluded Allen. “When they get a passion for this, it will extend to a passion toward their school work and a passion for other things.”
It turns out that Allen is also a trapper and he is sharing that with his children as well. The kids have already trapped a beaver, a muskrat, and a skunk.
“Spending time in the woods with your children will improve every aspect of their personality,” concluded Allen.