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Zach

Got out to the stand around 8:00am spotted him at around 8:08am and he was dead where he stood by 8:10

Date Taken: 12/02/2017
Dressed Weight: 185
Method: Muzzleloader
Number of Points: 11
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Matt Ter Avest

After school on a Friday evening, I checked the wind, saw it was east, and then headed for the correct stand. I sat for only an hour before this buck darted towards my stand—stopping right underneath me. I made a noise, he looked up, and I shot. He only went 20 yards before falling to his death. This is the biggest buck I’ve taken to date.

Date Taken: 11/10/2017
Dressed Weight: 200
Method: Crossbow
Number of Points: 8
Official Score: 135”
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Doug DePree

He came out in the evening following 5 does into a bean field. It was snowing so hard that I couldn’t see the rack clearly but I could tell he had a good size body. Took the shot at 140 yards. Went to go look for blood and the snow already covered it. I came back in the morning to look and found him piled up 50 yards away covered in snow. No ground shrinkage on this one….. had a camera pic of him a couple days earlier. Great end to the season!

Date Taken: 12/11/2017
Dressed Weight: 185
Method: Muzzleloader
Number of Points: 9
Official Score: 158
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Brad Blauvelt

This buck has been on our radar since August when we captured two photos of him. Right away we could tell he was unique. He was mostly nocturnal and was only showing up on trail cam periodically. I had one daylight encounter with him on the morning of November 11th, but no shot was presented. Once the temperatures dropped he started showing up on trail camera more and more. He was still nocturnal, until this past Sunday when he showed 15 minutes before last light. I took advantage of the cold temperatures on Tuesday evening and shot him at 25 yards, I watched him fall from my stand.

Date Taken: 12/12/2017
Method: Muzzleloader
Number of Points: 6
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Buddy Watson

First showed up on camera 11/30. Made another apperance Dec. 4th. Showed up on Dec. 7th at 5:30 a night I could not hunt. And on December 11th he showed up in the evening
trailing A doe with 2 fawns grunting.

Date Taken: 12/11/2017
Method: Muzzleloader
Number of Points: 9
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
John Frost

It was the opener a slow rainy morning but the late sit paid off.

Date Taken: 11/15/2017
Method: Muzzleloader
Number of Points: 8
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Rick Mckellips

Came out at 100yds on December 5th as the crazy weather change was happening 30mph winds , pulled the trigger on the muzzleloader it misfired, sparks came out were the muzzleloader splits , the buck somehow didn’t hear the misfire , installed another primer and shot , worked perfect that time , ran less than 80yds 8pt , 20″ inside spread 11 1/2 g2 , tagged out

Date Taken: 12/05/2017
Method: Muzzleloader
Number of Points: 8
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Tyrel Z Caldwell

I was ready to pack it up and head in and for some reason I thought “I’ll give it 10 more minutes” at this time it was 6:20 pm and when it came to the end of those 10 minutes. I was sitting in this make shift tree stand I had made out of a skid. Nailed to this 4-5 inch thick little tree I cut the top off about 6 ft up. As I sat there right at 6:30pm I suddenly heard some movement to my left. I turn my head and to my surprise this ridiculously huge buck sticks his head threw this 7-8 ft tall bush and tall grass about 35-40 yards from me next to this old died tree on the edge of this small field and all I can see of him is his thick 8 point rack and his huge horse size head and right at that moment he snorted and from the chilly night air it looked like thick smoke like a freight train bellowed from his bull like nose. The only shot I have is the base of his neck as he stood looking straight at me with the rest of his body covered with the surrounding vegetation. I didn’t even think it was like a unconscious movement like breathing…in one fluid movement I turned my body slightly to the left as I pulled back my “older than dirt” Pearson compound and as soon as my hand and release barely touched my cheek I pulled the trigger on my release and my arrow left my bow. It found the right side of the base of this monsters neck and in it went, the entire arrow vanished inside the beast. He did a back flip and rolled back into heavily dense woods and then silence. I’m thinking “hell yeah he dropped right there!” So I sat for about 25-30 more minutes and walked over there, pulled the vegetation back to view my buck and to my surprise NOTHING THERE!!!! What is this….this can’t be happening… I searched and searched for blood and NOTHING. Well long story short i searched and searched for this monster until I couldn’t go on. It’s now 4:30am Oct. 27th, 2017. I call my wife and say I give up I can’t find it. So as I slowly make my way there the thick woods I come up to a little trail that runs threw a small group of trees. Looks like the easiest route so I walk threw and to my surprise there’s that Big Buck! Died laying right on top of a doe scrape. Just a very small amount of blood on his tongue hanging out his mouth and not a spot anywhere else on him. I found half of the arrow broke off in his chest cavity when I dressed him out. The broad head had passed directly threw his heart and the half of the arrow was sticking threw his heart still. I took out my rope to drag him and tied him up and wrapped it over my shoulder and went to drag him out and as I threw all of my 230lbs into dragging him out my rope snapped and I fell on my ass. I laughed for a few minutes and said to myself now what….so I went and grabbed a friend’s truck and snaked it threw the woods and about 50 yards from the beast this damn truck gets stuck in some clay. I fight and fight to free this truck and to my relentless effort it just sits there and spins the tires till it runs out of gas….. AWESOME WHYNOT RIGHT…so again I walk back up out of the woods AGAIN. Which to my defense is about a mile. Get another friends truck and a tow strap and a gas can. Get back out there and free the truck and hook this beast up to the hitch with the tow strap and drag his big a$$ up out the woods and like wench I wrapped the strap around his neck and over a LG branch in tree and connect to the ball on the hitch, and slowly pull him up as far as I could with the truck and really get a good look at him and my jaw drops. This is the biggest bodied whitetail deer I’ve ever say killed in my life in person. Granted his rack could be bigger but for the size of the deer and the size of his rack and all his rack is damn near perfect besides a half inch or so that he broke off doing god knows what on one of his tines. He dressed out at 286 lbs. Big beautiful 8 point!!! In the picture of him hanging with me standing next to him he towered over me. Note in the picture his back legs are not even fully extended and I’m 5’8 and with my hunting boots on I’m roughly 5’9-5’10 and this deer makes me look like a toddler lol. Well that’s my big buck tail from this 2017 whitetail bow season in gun plain township in allegan county Michigan.

Date Taken: 10/26/2017
Dressed Weight: 286
Method: Compound Bow
Number of Points: 8
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Alic latchaw

I was setting in my stand for not even 30 min and a hot doe ran out and this giant was chasin her and I took the shot and dropped him

Date Taken: 11/28/2017
Dressed Weight: 170
Method: Shotgun
Number of Points: 13
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Eric B

22 1/2″ inside spread. Buck of a lifetime!

Date Taken: 11/26/2017
Dressed Weight: 182
Number of Points: 8
Type of Photo: Buck
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