11/03 Michigan (UP)
First of all I'd like to say
that I am a Whitetail Deer Fanatic!!! I enjoy the pursuit of
mature bucks. In the last 5 years I have shot 8 bucks that scored
over 125, all in my home state of Michigan. Most of the bucks
I shoot I call in by either rattling or grunting. With several
big bucks sighted throughout the summer during pre-season scouting
I was excited as bow season approached!
night found me in a woodlot bordeing a cornfield. After an hour
of sitting I saw a glimpse of movement 50 yards into the brush.
I glassed the deer and could see part of his rack....tall tines
good mass, could the first deer I see in the stand be a shooter?
The buck moved through the thick cover making it hard to judge
his rack, then I thought he had moved out of the area when I
lost sight of him for 5 minutes. A short blow on my grunt call
and his head snapped into view! A quick look with my spotting
scope showed me what I wanted to see...definitely a shooter!
buck stood still trying to find the deer that made the grunt.
I grunted softly again and another buck, a 2 1/2 year old 8
pt marched right to my stand. Within a minute the tall 9 ptr
was moving in my direction. He turned broadside at 20 yards and
I anchored the pin behind his shoulder. I knew the hit was good
when I released the arrow and watched as the buck dropped after
a short 30 yard run.
a opening night of bow season! I looked at my watch and it was
4:29 just over an hour into my season! After taking a few days
to get caught up on some work I was ready to get back in the
tree. I decided on a morning hunt that would let me observe the
deer returning to their bedding areas. One of the rules of Deer
hunting that I refuse to break is hunting when the wind is wrong.
Even if the wind is coming from the deer to you and you are huntin
in the Upper Penninsula