Years before the renovated landscape became a whitetail deer hotbed, the southwestern corner of Indiana played host to some of the largest coal mining operations in the Midwest. Native resident Jay Smith remembers those days.
“My father was a lifelong coal man. He worked 32 years and mined the same forests a lot of hunters explore each fall,” Smith says.
An avid archery hunter with 70 acres in his own backyard, Smith knows the area’s hills and dales like the back of his hand, and in seasons past, he’s managed to get close to some impressive deer, including a few in the 140 class, and a 17-point buck scoring 163 harvested on Halloween of 2010.