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Nick W.

We had this buck on camera all year and decided that it’d be one of the shooters on the property this year. On opening day all I had seen was a boone and crockett squirrel during my morning hunt. But at about 2:00p I moved stands and no more than 5 minutes later he walked in at about 70 yards across a creek bed in EXTREMELY thick brush. I watched this buck for over an hour, he kept bedding down and disappearing. He finally gave me a quartering away shot with a 10inch window through the brush. I was confident with the .450 Bushmaster that I could get the job done. He dropped in his tracks. God bless america, and God bless the Michigan deer population!

Date Taken: 11/15/2017
Dressed Weight: 217
Method: Rifle
Number of Points: 8
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
John Beery

Watched several does pass thru that evening, almost got totally busted by one of them. As i was beginning to aim up on a large doe i shifted my sights to my right positive i had heard something chasing thru the brush. Sure enough a doe comes running thru full tilt and here comes the buck of my life time right on her heels! Let out a quick “brap” and squeezed the trigger. All on an evening i had almost stayed home, and just went hunting in blue jeans and a jacket! Unforgettable evening for sure!

Date Taken: 12/03/2017
Dressed Weight: 200 lbs
Method: Muzzleloader
Number of Points: 11
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Jim Moyer jr.

Came out trailing a doe at 35 yds away from my deer shack. Never knew this buck was even around:)

Date Taken: 11/15/2017
Dressed Weight: 225
Method: Muzzleloader
Number of Points: 16
Official Score: Rough score 199 7/8
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Adam Ebright

I always say god speaks to you when your still and quiet in nature. As most hunters, I went afield with a plan. Sit in the corner of a field I’d been watching deer cut the corner on, set up my decoy, lay down estrus, wind to my face and wait. I was sitting in a corner of a field looking into the field and down the tree rows. At about 8:30am I had this repeated, gnawing thought that said “move into the tree line and watch the valley!” I kept disagreeing and remained stubborn. Moving after light is something I rarely do. I eventually gave in, which meant I could no longer see into the field very well. A few minutes later I heard long grunts coming from behind me (where I was just sitting) and turn my head towards the noise, then heard some crashing in the direction I was facing, in the valley. When I looked forward, a large doe came over a hill and into a valley 30 yards out on a full run. This 3.5 year old buck hot on her trail and grunting every breath. Right behind him was another 8-10 point, also on a full run. I only had 2 natural shooting lanes and then it turns into thick marsh. I chose the lead buck due to it appeared to have longer beams. He entered the first lane and I vocally grunted without result. I had only one more chance so I took a deep breath and virtually yelled a grunt at him. He stopped on a dime! Took my best shot, slug entered his left breast/shoulder, took out his heart and left lung but never exited. He bounded higher than I’ve ever seen a deer jump. Directly into the thickest brush/swamp and disappeared. I looked to my right and seen the other buck was still standing there looking at me broadside! I racked another shell and he bounded up the hill and away. (Buy a semi-auto, lesson learned. Could’ve tagged out with 2 monsters in 6 secs with a 12g Remington 1100 instead of my trusty 870). There was no fur or blood trail where he was shot, so I decided to march into the swamp where I found his antlers sticking out next to a bush about 40 yards in. Must’ve ran on pure adrenaline. Extremely thankful for this beauty. Was very blessed that day!

Date Taken: 11/17/2017
Dressed Weight: 155
Method: Shotgun
Number of Points: 12
Official Score: 149.5 green score
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Bob McPhee

I got a few pics of this boy on 11/26/17 at 1am. I decided that I would love to harvest thos buck! On 11/29/17 around noon, while at work 2 hours away I got the feeling I should go get into my stand. So I quickly finished my work and made the long journey home through the typical Detroit traffic…
Finally got to my stand at 4:45 pm. At 5pm a doe stepped out and was making her way across the field at 200 yards. This buck was dogging her and as she tried to escape him by going back into the woods my heart sank, knowing my buck would follow. I decided it was now or never, so I took a shot at him at about 220 yards! I thought I missed! He ran into the field giving me a 75 yard closer shot. I squeezed the trigger again! I could see i hit him in the shoulder. He went about 30 yards and dropped! While field dressing, I noticed thst i indeed hit him with my first shot as well!
This was an amazing hunt! My first deer on my own land and my biggest buck in 27 years of chasing them! Doesn’t get any better than that!

Date Taken: 11/29/2017
Dressed Weight: 200
Method: Rifle
Number of Points: 11
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Rick S

Hunted this buck since early October. He was wounded on a neighboring property in early November and wasn’t sure if he would make it. It goes to show how tough these animals are because he was chasing a doe as he came into range. The rest is history.

Date Taken: 11/28/2017
Method: Rifle
Number of Points: 11
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Nicholas Padula

I got into my stand late, and was sitting for only 10 minutes when I heard a crash. I looked up and saw two does being chased by this buck. I quickly pulled my gun up and gave a loud meahhhh call. The does stopped and looked at me, while the buck gradually came to a stop. I got my crosshairs on him, took a couple deep breaths, and squeezed the trigger on my last breath out. He mule kicked and took off, and I could see where I hit him. I knew right away he was going down quick. Sure enough, I found him exactly where I saw him drop in the brush. This turned out to be the quickest hunt I’ve ever experienced.

Date Taken: 11/24/2017
Dressed Weight: 180 lbs
Method: Shotgun
Number of Points: 10
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Amanda mooney
Date Taken: 11/26/2017
Method: Shotgun
Number of Points: 10
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Jeremiah craft

Shot him on a deer drive, he was dead within 10 minutes of the hunt.

Date Taken: 11/24/2017
Method: Shotgun
Number of Points: 10
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Collin inosencio

Chasing a 4 a 6 and two does , grunted at him , double lung shot ran about 20 yards

Date Taken: 11/22/2017
Dressed Weight: 155
Method: Muzzleloader
Number of Points: 10
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
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