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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
Amy Archer

COLD! Hunted the night before, snow was too deep to go to the stand I wanted. Sawlots of deer but no shots. Went out the next night and decided on a ground hunt where I had seen all the deer the night before (I’ve never sat the ground, it was a whim). Had 40-50 deer coming for both directions but all were small bucks or does, I figured if I was going to brave the temps, I was going to make it worth my while. In came this guy chasing a doe. 40 yard shot, he dropped 100 yards away in the middle of the field.

Date Taken: 12/31/2017
Dressed Weight: 180
Method: Crossbow
Number of Points: 8
Official Score: ?
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Amy Archer

My dad took a nine pint in the morning while I was at work. While the guys were celebrating his kill, I went out by myself after work. I grunted in a really nice tall six point but decided he wasn’t the one. As soon as I lowered my bow this nine point came out. I had a great shot, he went about 60 yards. My biggest kill 🙂

Date Taken: 10/25/2017
Dressed Weight: 200
Method: Crossbow
Number of Points: 9
Official Score: ?
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Tim Justice
Date Taken: 01/01/2018
Method: Crossbow
Number of Points: 8
Type of Photo: Buck
Brandon Leon

Had pictures of this buck starting on October 18th. From then on we started getting almost nightly photos of him. Completely nocturnal. As the days got closer to the rut he would start appearing at around 8:30 pm-1 11:30 pm. On November 3rd I got out of school early and raced home to try and get into the woods. I hung my climber back deep In The swamp where I had been seeing rutting activity the past few years. It was a perfect night, or so I thought. The pressure was high and was high 30’s low 40’s just before a cold front. I didn’t see a single deer until about 6:00pm. Two small does popped out at 65 yards and I didn’t even think to look behind them because of their size. I continued to look around the swamp and then peaked back over to them to see a large bodied deer just behind them emerging from the thick brush. I put up my rangefinder and instantly knew he was a shooter (I didn’t look at him enough to recognize what buck he was). The does began down the trail at 50 yards and knew this was going to be the shot I had been waiting for all year. I ranged exactly where I thought he would step out and got ready. He walked into the opening, i grunted, he heard it, and then I shot. As soon as I let the arrow go I knew it was going to be about 6 inches back. Although I grunted to stop him he didn’t fully stop. He carried though as I shot and hit him back. He ran 10 yards, stopped, and then ran off (hurting). I knew it was going to be a kill shot but I also knew it was going to take time. (This was the first time I had ever had to let a deer sit for more than 2 hours). I went back home to get my dad and we tracked him about 2 and a half hours later. As we tracked him we got decent blood at times and then it slowed down. About 50 yards into the track I began to hear a deer walking in the water, so I knew it was time to back out. I went back in the morning to search for him, but couldn’t find him. The worst part of it all was I even found his bed. I searched for 3 hours by myself. I ended up calling a deer tracker and we went after him. His dog picked up the trail and off he went. We started finding blood and even parts of the deers interestines. (At first I was terrified he was taken by coyotes). We walked through at times 2 feet of water and muck through the thickest crap you could imagine. It was terrible. We eventually got to dry land and found pools of blood. All of a sudden the dog when crazy. Keep in mind I have no idea what or how big my buck was. The tracked said “oh my god there he is”! I couldn’t see the buck from where I was. I asked if he was dead. “No……”, he said. We couldn’t believe this buck was still alive with then amount of blood lose we found and couldn’t believe he actually made it as far as he did. Now, Go back 45 minutes when the tracker got to me, he told me don’t bring my bow because either this deer was dead or it would be just fine, so I left my bow back at the tree where I had shot him from. I ran though the swamp triping over submerged trees and through thick brush. I ended up getting lost and had to use my phone to get back to my bow. By the time I got back to where the tracker was (he backed off the buck but marked where he saw him) it was over an hour. I nocked an arrow and got ready to dispatch the buck. As we crept up on the buck he was laying on his side. I got small glimpses of him as I got closer realizing how big he really was. I got up to him and put another arrow exactly in the heart and it was over in 10 seconds. I truly felt terrible about it. It was a first time and hopefully last time I will ever have to do that. It took me 5 hours to drag him back to the field where I could get help to load him into my truck. I was in the woods from 8:30am- 6:58pm when I looked at my phone when it was all over. This is a buck I will remember for the rest of my life and couldn’t be more excited to hang him on my wall!

Date Taken: 11/03/2017
Dressed Weight: 222 lbs
Method: Compound Bow
Number of Points: 10
Official Score: 138 2/8
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Tim P.
Date Taken: 10/25/2017
Dressed Weight: 160
Method: Crossbow
Number of Points: 9
Property: Public
Type of Photo: Buck
Matt Chazick

Took my 2 month old daughter out in the blind on a warm day in bow season, he came in and she wined and scared him away before I could get a shot off. He came back in gun season and I was able to get it done. He had an old injury that stunted left antler growth.

Date Taken: 11/19/2017
Method: Shotgun
Number of Points: 8
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Aaron Passarell

It was the coldest morning of the year, 10 degrees. I was sitting along a field watching some does just grazing and the other side of me was a bunch of thicket. It was about 830 am. I hit the grunt call 3 times and did a snort wheeze and this bruiser came running to me out of the thicket. He came in perfect and gave me a 20 yard shot.

Date Taken: 11/11/2017
Dressed Weight: 162
Method: Compound Bow
Number of Points: 8
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
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