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First Buck With a Bow - not Pope & Young but I was proud none the less!
Preserve Americas Right To
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Favorite Hunting Buddies (My sons many years back now)
As an Archery Deer Hunter
in Michigan and being restricted to Public Hunting lands I have had some
interesting experiences trying to find a place to hunt and maintain some
type of consistency to what I do. I have managed to hunt the same basic 10
acre piece of State land for the last 8 years and have been successful 5 of
them. It's takes a lot of work to scout and learn what the deer are doing
when you're constantly invaded by fellow hunters which change the deer's
habits on a regular basis. It takes lots of patience and being in the
woods EVERY DAY POSSIBLE in order to be successful. I would hope to someday
have a piece of private property to hunt but in the mean time, I'm still
having fun in the out doors.
Archery hunting season 2000!
My Son Joshua got an 8
point opening day! October 1st 2000
The Proud Hunter and his eight point
Michigan State Land Buck
Well, it's November 4th and we both have
put a deer in the freezer. Unfortunately for me, mine didn't have
antlers but then again I'm a meat hunter and you can't eat the antlers.
Still about 10 hunting days left before the Gun season opens, so maybe I can
score that big buck yet. I saw him tonight but he was more interested
in the doe he was chasing than my grunt calls.
Archery hunting season 2001!
My Son Joshua got lucky
again. A nice size spike on Oct. 15th. I want my stand back! Just
Kidding, I think it's great!
The Proud Hunter and his Spike horn
Michigan State Land Buck - only ran 45 yards after a perfect double
Archery hunting season 2002!
This year has been a unique one so far.
On October 2nd my son missed a nice Doe at 25 yards...practice is needed
(buck fever got the best of him). On October 5th my son got a great
hit (so we thought) on a nice 4 point buck. I watched the deer run
into the field and lay down 50 yards from me, thought it was all over!
My son and I use family service radios in the woods to keep each other up on
what's happening. When my son got down about 20 minutes later to look
for his arrow (which he found the front half of), the deer got back up and
ran off about 100 yards and lay down again. Since it was dark, we
decided to wait till morning on this deer to let nature takes it's course
and not scare him into the swamp. The next day I picked the trail
after hunting for about an hour in the morning and followed it easily for
about 100 yards or so as it was heavy even the next day. Then all at
once, nothing! Making ever larger circles out to about 100 yards I
couldn't find so much as a drop. I think at this point the half of the
arrow that was still in the deer must have plugged the hole? We
searched for another 4 hours checking all the logical and not so logical
places in a bout a mile radius where he may have laid down again and
nothing! This was a depressing realization to accept, but none the
less a sometimes reality of hunting.
On October 12th, I missed a nice 4 point at
5 yards! I made the common mistake when shooting with a sight and a
release, of forgetting to bend at the waste when shooting at such a steep
angle. Should have a perfect easy broadside shot but nope, over his
back it went. I knew it the minute I released that buck fever got the
best of me and I screwed up! I reached for another arrow as the buck
ran about 10 yards out from where he was and stopped. One other thing
to remember when shooting with a release, make sure your release is fully
locked on the string before you draw. As I began to draw back for a
second 15 yard broadside shot, the release "twanged" off the string and the
arrow looped over his back like an arrow shot from a toy bow. At this
point I'm feeling, well you can imagine. I figured this deer was meant
for another day as I watched him trot away!
On October 13th, I moved my stand back onto
an Oak ridge that I hadn't hunted for a couple of years but had taken deer
from before. On the 16th, which was a beautiful cool evening, I
arrived at my stand late (work issues), and climbed up at about 5:45 PM.
At 6:05 PM I see a deer about 75 yards below me walking alone by the edge of
a swail going away from my location. I pulled out my favorite Primos
call, a Doe in heat bleat in a can and gave a few twists of the wrist.
He stopped and listened for a minute or so, so I hit the bleat a couple more
times. He came straight up the hill and after waiting for a couple of
minutes at full draw he finally cleared some brush and gave me the shot I
needed. He ran about 100 yards and it was all done. Another
State land buck in the freezer!
with 6 points
hunting buddy (my youngest son)
for Processing (we do our own)
Archery hunting season 2003!
Well this has been an interesting season of
ups and downs. My son Josh, had a full load of college classes along
with his full time work schedule so he wasn't able to hunt near as much as
usual this year and so far has not had a shot at a deer. Today is the
8th of November and we pulled out the tree stands in expectation of the gun
season opener next weekend. We had some vandalism this year which we
hadn't seen for years out there on our favorite piece of state land.
My son lost lost a couple of strap on tree steps (a whole $3 each) and
someone cut the cables on my stand, stole the cables, ropes, a useless lock
and left the stand? Go figure! I don't know what possesses
people to be that way, it's really unfortunate. I moved my stand down
further into the swamp where it wouldn't likely be seen and didn't have any
more problems but kept seeing deer up on the trail where I was first located
after that (not making me happy). We also had a group of three
individuals who decided to put up stands right by ours and do some night
hunting! A call to the DNR put a stop to that in a hurry. Just
what we needed this year, poachers too!
Well anyway on to the story for the year.
I missed a little 6 point on October 9th at about 25 yards. Got a bad
case of the shakes after holding a full draw for about 5 minutes waiting for
him to step out from behind some brush and made a bad shot that went low.
I continued to hunt hard but the next couple of weeks had little to show for
it. I kept seeing a pair of yearlings that were fun to watch but
weren't on the menu. Couldn't seem to get any deer in close and most
nights didn't see anything at all! Patience is the key out here as
there aren't lots of deer and you just have to keep trying.
On October 27th I was hunting my sons stand
and about 1/2 hour before dark I saw deer sneaking through in front of me
about 75 yards away. I have become very reliant on my Primo's
Doe-Estrus bleat in a can (no I don't work for them, but I just love this
call!) and gave it a couple of tips. The deer stopped but kept walking
around out in front. I waited a couple more minutes and gave a twist of the
wrist on the can a few more times and in he came, grunting all the the way
in. I just love listening to a buck grunt. He stopped 20 yards
out and threw his rack in the bushes in front of me and I took that
opportunity to stand up and draw. He stepped out and I let the arrow
fly. I looked like a good hit and I could see the arrow laying on the
ground near where I'd shot. Then the rain came
:( ! Blood trails and rain don't mix! I was only able to
track him about 30 yards before loosing the blood trail to the rain.
My son came out after he got out of class and we looked until 10 PM but no
luck. I went back out in the morning before work and looked for two
more hours checking all the likely places in the direction I last saw him
heading but no luck. I went back out after work and decided to walk a
tall grass field near where I had shot him and just started zigzagging
though the field. It was almost dark when I stumbled onto him almost
by accident and boy was I happy. I don't like not finding a wounded
and likely dying deer. He would have been a 7 point but broke off a
tine so we called a 6 1/2 point. We dragged him out and he was in the
freezer the following night. Luckily here in Michigan the temps are
very cool so everything was fine with the meat until I could get him
The proud hunter after
a lot of hard looking to find him.
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