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John Russell

opening day in the swamps of Oakland county, I got rained on all day but it was well worth it. just before last light this beautiful pie bald 8 point stepped out of the cattails at 20 yards he hid behind a tree with his nose in the air something was off but he wasn’t sure what was up. all of a sudden he changes his direction stepped out from behind the tree and stood 10 yards from my stand in my shooting lane. I raised my crossbow up put my scope on him and couldn’t see anything do to my lenses being fogged up. my heart started to race in a panic my brain and instinct took over I calmed myself controlled my breathing aimed again put the center of my scope on the center of the blurry brown buck gently squeezed my trigger and watched as he took 10 steps and crashed behind me in the thickets just out of sight. i gave him 30 minutes climbed out of my tree stepped into the thickets and there he was with a perfect shot through the heart.

Date Taken: 10/01/2018
Method: Crossbow
Number of Points: 8
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
John Russell

the harvest occurred on November 16th 2018 it was a cold day with a decent amount of snowfall. I left my house and had no idea where I was going I just followed my gut. I told myself when I got a out of my sub I was going left but for some reason something told me to go right so I did. I drove to one of my spots that I have shot a couple of deer out of, but there was a car parked in one of the parking lots so I just kept driving.I drove past a dirt road and got that feeling again so I pulled over on the side grabbed my gear and started walking. I have never been there before so I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The trail was well groomed but everywhere you look its nothing but trees, besides the trail itself you couldn’t shoot more than 10yards. My journey was over a mile and all of it was the same, until I found a “clearing” if you call it that. it consist of two shooting lanes one goes out to 185 yards the other is maybe 100 yards in those shooting lanes you can only shoot in certain parts without risking a deflection. I sat on a old wet cold moss covered downed tree all day. it was a slow day with nothing but a bunch of squirrels moving. I was in a stare off with a black squirrel 5 yards from me when I looked down into the valley and saw a buck standing in one of my shooting lanes 80 yards out. I put on my hearing protection, grabbed my 450 bushmaster, found the buck in my scope, took a deep breath, put the crosshairs on his vitals, and slowly gently squeezed. He took off, I did my best to keep up with him but he was quick and it was just too thick. Finally I could shoot at him again he made it almost 100 yards by now I put my crosshairs on him at 175yards in a full sprint I dropped him in his tracks. I called a friend of mine to help me drag when he got to my truck there was a dnr officer waiting for me so they walked the trail together and met up with me at my buck.

Date Taken: 11/16/2018
Method: Rifle
Number of Points: 10
Property: Public
Type of Photo: Buck
Mario serna

Moved a tree stand a few days before to maneuver On to this buck about 45 minutes after daylight he came through, taken with the 450 bushmaster 30 Yards away

Date Taken: 11/15/2018
Method: Rifle
Number of Points: 8
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Shawn Mcalvin

My buddy Shawn shot this buck Thursday evening and we recovered it Sunday morning unfortunately the coyotes found it before we did

Date Taken: 10/11/2018
Method: Compound Bow
Number of Points: 8
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Mike Post

Shot this 8 point in Waterford Twp at 5:10pm approximately 25 yards away with my brand new SAS Troy 370 crossbow.

Date Taken: 12/26/2018
Method: Crossbow
Number of Points: 8
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Joey Savarino

Only sitting for about 15 minutes and he came in chasing a doe. 80 yard shot. Shot at 3:40pm.

Date Taken: 11/24/2018
Method: Muzzleloader
Number of Points: 9
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Ryan Vannest

Oakland County stateland 8pt

Date Taken: 11/25/2018
Method: Muzzleloader
Number of Points: 8
Property: Public
Type of Photo: Buck
Robert
Date Taken: 11/17/2018
Method: Rifle
Number of Points: 8
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
Joe barber

Passed up a spike small 8 and a old 6 with a broken tien. I’m pleased with my patience it paid off.

Date Taken: 11/15/2018
Dressed Weight: 205
Method: Shotgun
Number of Points: 8
Official Score: 148
Type of Photo: Buck
Josh Dommer

Shot out to my hunting spot right after work and through my bibs on and a jacket (over my work clothes), not normal hunting for me. I knew the evening was gonna be short so I was just going to take a doe out of my pit blind. Then this monster steps 10 yrs from me and my only reaction was aim and fire(crossbow). Great shot he ran 50ft. That’s right feet. I’ve taken real nice buck’s there but this is my biggest. The Lord has blessed me well. We all have God to thank for this sport. My spirit of the woods is my best friend.

Date Taken: 11/15/2018
Dressed Weight: 165
Method: Compound Bow
Number of Points: 16
Official Score: 165
Property: Private
Type of Photo: Buck
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