Great Tales About Whitetails.
After a long but satisfying day in the field, three hunters share their personal deer stories around the campfire.
Seven years ago, Mike Bay received permission from his son-in-law’s family to hunt their property near Charlevoix, Mich. A blind was already set up about 200 yards from the house, which was convenient – perhaps too convenient – since he fell asleep in it.
“I was awakened by a herd of deer. I searched around and couldn’t find my pistol. The deer heard me desperately looking for the gun and ran away. I finally found the pistol and managed to shoot a deer as the herd ran toward the house,” Bay said.
He searched the area, looking for signs that his shot had been true. He was about to give up when he found the deer about 30 feet from the house.
“I had shot it through the heart with a pistol from 50 yards. That’s impressive. A couple months later I went with a buddy and set up a target 50 yards away to recreate my marksmanship. He hit the target with all six shots with a rifle and I missed with all six. The deer I shot in 2010 was the first and only one I ever harvested. I have done a lot of deer hunting and that was the only time I was successful. I guess that day was my lucky day,” he said.
The Eyes Have It
Albin Campbell has been hunting in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since he can remember. Out of all his hunting excursions, last year’s stands out.
“It was the second day of deer season and I had a group of guys with me. After not seeing anything in the morning, we decided to get out again shortly after noon. I had set up a deer camera near my blind to see what kind of deer was coming through. As I set my gun down to check the camera, I saw the head of a buck about 70 yards. I grabbed my gun as the deer stood up and looked at me. He was beautiful. I’m new to having glasses and realized I didn’t have them on. I put the gun up, squinted my eyes, squeezed the trigger and boom, got him. The way I look at it, it was my first deer kill without wearing proper eyewear.
The Call of the Wild
In 2009, Steve Batory was hunting with his nine-year-old grandson, Carter. It was Carter’s first hunting trip.
“We had hunted all morning when we saw a big doe. Carter said, ‘Take her, Pa.’ I shot her with a bow and decided this was a great opportunity to teach Carter how to track deer. We found it in a briar patch and as we’re dressing her, another deer stood out of the patch, staring at us. Soon, other deer started making noises. Eventually, this big buck came over and soon there were four bucks within 10 yards of us. Suddenly, we heard a loud grunt and a roar. In all the years I had been hunting, I had never heard a deer make a noise like that. The dominant buck was chasing all other bucks away from the doe.I explained to my grandson that he’ll likely never see or experience anything like that ever again,” Batory said.
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