The big day is here. The Main-Prize Party takes place at Firekeepers Casino. Big bucks, ATV give away and plenty of other cool prizes. FYI - I will have my books available, TROPHY WHITE TALES and THE HUNTING SPIRIT. Both books were featured on Michigan Out-of-Doors TV just two weeks ago. Did you happen to see the episode? Stop by and say "Hi.' See you there!!!
Great Lakes Region Predator Challenge. January 17-19. $90 registration fee for teams up to three. http://www.michiganpredatorchallenge.com/index.html
Well, I hope that you have enjoyed the first two months of our three month deer season here in Michigan. This past week, I interviewed Jeff Toy from Cass County, who killed a 190 class typical, 12-point. You will be able to read his complete story in the January issue of Woods-N-Water News.
I've just returned from Montana where my hunting partner and I shot big mule deer. We doubled up on our 5th day of hunting. I shot a big 3x3 at 9 in the morning while still hunting. My buck sports a 19" inside-spread and carries 14" tines. My partner, Jeff Stanton, connected on a big 5x5 that same evening. Both of us had connected on MI 10-pointers before leaving so we waited for an opportunity of shooting big racked bucks. The west provides a lot of great opportunities for the traveling sportsman who seeks high adventure!
In the November issue of Woods-N-Water News, I wrote an article titled "Wild Michigan Elk Hunt." This article highlights the elk hunting adventure of Wild Michigan Outdoors radio host, Duran Martinez. Duran honestly shares the anxiety that he had participating in this "Hunt of a lifetime." He had many questions and became quite overwhelmed with the process. In the end, Martinez found success through the help of the DNR and the local residents of northern lower Michigan. To read the full story, get a copy of the current edition of Woods-N-Water News!
October 20th, used to mark the opening day of pheasant hunting but now it will be remembered by my brother Jeff and I, as the day inwhich we got our first archery double. During the morning hunt, Jeff, shot a 190#, 7-point. I tagged a 10-point during the evening hunt that sports an insided spread of 18 inches. Both bucks were taken in Calhoun County in spots that were hammered last year by EHD. In fact, I walked a muddy trail to my stand and did not cut a single deer track.
Happy Hunting. It looks like things are starting to heat up!
Wow, did the Rage Broadhead(s) produce big this past Saturday. During the morning hunt my brother Jeff, shot a 190 pound (field dressed) 7-point with a Rage three-blade broadhead. He watched the buck collapse about 40 yards from were he shot it. We followed the blood trail anyways and the carnage was incredible. There was literally a 5-foot wide path of red. I had never seen anything like it.
On the evening hunt, I shot a 10-point buck with a Rage Extreme broadhead. I heard my buck crash to the ground within 5 seconds of taking the shot.
Whenever I interview a hunter for a story in a hunting magazine, one of the first thing's that I ask is "Did you get good field photo's?" Good photo's can make or break a story. Shooting a big buck in the wilds of Michigan is quite an accomplishment and a great way to preserve this memory is to get good field photo's. Here are some tips that I have found to be helpful: 1) Place the tonque back into the mouth and clean the blood off of the mouth and hide. This shows respect for the animal and is just more aestetic appealing.
In 2012, Lenawee County hunter, Andy Borders scored on a Boone and Crockett class buck on the opening day of firearmseason with a giant typical that scored 54.75 for the Q1 Buck Pole (See full story in January 2013, issue of Woods-N-Water News). This year he has already arrowed a 200 pounder that scores 138 1/8 B&C pts. Congratulations Andy!!!
Heavy-Weights, the ever elusive 200 pound buck. Did you know that right now is the best time to get your biggest buck? Biggest at least as far as weight goes. Very few 200 pound bucks exist by gun season (Nov. 15) due to the exertion that bucks put into rutting. The early bow season is by far your best chance on scoring on a true bruiser. The biggest buck shot by my family was a buck taken in mid-October in southern Calhoun County that tipped the scales at 221 pounds dressed? How about you? What is the biggest buck that you have ever weighed?