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Author Topic: My Michigan update.  (Read 432 times)

Offline MichiganLouie

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My Michigan update.
« on: November 18, 2018, 08:27:26 PM »
Late Saturday afternoon, after sitting for over an hour without seeing any deer, a doe popped out in the open.  She seemed agitated, and kept looking back.  I wondered if there were any more deer with her.  She was a bit smallish, and I was hoping a larger doe would show up.  then, I detected more movement in the thick brush, and a buck came out.  I debated for a few seconds on whether to take a shot.  It was getting late,  and starting to get dark, plus he seemed a bit on the small side.  Then, my predator instincts came out, I put the crosshairs just behind the shoulder and squeezed the trigger (if you can squeeze the trigger on a shotgun)  The buck jumped up high and gave a giant mule kick, then ran off towards the neighbor's woods, to the north..  After locking in into the spot where I lost sight of him, I immediately ran to where he had been standing, to check for hair, blood, etc.  Didn't see any but after a short distance following his tracks on the sparse snow, I found some hair, then a bit of blood.  The blood trail was sparse, but easy to follow on the snow, but that changed when I got into the woods.  Every thing was wet, and getting darker.  I got my flashlight out and began to follow the trail.  I did lose it a couple of times, but I was able to return to it.  by this time the blood trail was pretty sparse, but I continued going the same way, hoping I could find more blood, or better yet, the dead buck.  After a few more yards, I decided to return to the last point I had seen blood and found it.  Casting about with the flashlight, I found a drop of blood about 1/4" diameter, about 6 ft to the right of the path the buck had been traveling.  I started on the new direction, casting about with the flash light, and a few feet later, I found the dead buck farther up that trail.  I was ecstatic then.  I hate losing a deer, especially at the neighbors place.  I called him to let him know I had found the buck, and he was happy for me.  The buck turned out to be a small 8pt, pretty well formed rack, but only 13-1/2" spread.  I didn't care it was small, the fact I had successfully tracked a wounded deer through the wet woods, at night, using a flashlight and recovered the deer was plenty enough for me.  It took me about 30-35 minutes, from the time I shot, to when I finally found him.  I took a few pictures, then dragged him back to my property which was only about 30 yards to the east.  The buck had traveled north, then turned west, then south, and west again.  Maybe 60 yards after leaving my property.  I looked him over carefully, and my shot entered his right side, just behind the shoulder, and exited on the other side, but the exit hole was higher than the entry hole.  I thought I had been shooting slightly on a downward slant, but apparently that was not the case.  I thank the Lord for enabling me to make a good shot on a nice buck, plus helping me find it.  I did have to go back to day, to look for a knife I dropped in the snow, and I was able to find it.  Apparently, when I put it away in my pocket, it slipped between my bibs, and pants pocket.  As I moved around, the knife fell all the way to the ground.  On my way back, I stopped at the spot the buck had been standing when I shot at him, and stepped it off.  I was surprised when I got up to 88 steps.  Long steps, not the slow moving short steps you use while walking in the woods.  I had figured the shot was about 65 yds, but seems like it was longer than than.
« Last Edit: November 18, 2018, 08:31:14 PM by MichiganLouie »
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Offline yari

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Re: My Michigan update.
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2018, 08:43:48 PM »
nice looking buck. congrats on a nice recovery
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: My Michigan update.
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2018, 08:43:58 PM »
Well done Louie, your perseverance paid off!  Much better to find him & get him out of the woods than to lose him to the yotes.  Congrats on finding the knife too - that's a huge bonus!
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Offline MI_Bowhunter

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Re: My Michigan update.
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2018, 09:06:49 PM »
Awesome Louie!!!  Congrats!!!
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Offline King Ben

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Re: My Michigan update.
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2018, 06:28:01 AM »
Congrats Louie, it looks like a perfectly placed shot.

Offline metalman

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Re: My Michigan update.
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2018, 06:51:19 AM »
Nice looking deer
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Offline sundowner

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Re: My Michigan update.
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2018, 11:35:18 AM »
Great story and a good buck , congrats on both Louie .  ##$%#116
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Offline dave 1211

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Re: My Michigan update.
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2018, 11:54:32 AM »
nice shooting that is a great buck I guess we don't need to get you a new knife for Christmas then
turkey season was a wet one now on to deer hunting in October





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Offline Deerhead

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Re: My Michigan update.
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2018, 07:24:28 PM »
Congrats    ##$%#11
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Offline Bearclaw

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Re: My Michigan update.
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2018, 09:10:32 PM »
Awesome buck and great story! Congratulations! I know how you feel about the tracking. I didn't have to do mine in the dark but after following the blood trail on all three this year and then finding them, it is a rewarding feeling. Congrats again!!!
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Re: My Michigan update.
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2018, 07:14:00 AM »
Congrats on a fine buck, and a great tell of events. I think we should get you a tracking merit badge for the night time recovery of the deer.  ##$%#1114
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Offline BLUETOE

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Re: My Michigan update.
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2018, 07:54:12 AM »
Glad you found him what a great buck man congrats!!!! @--0--0123 @--0--0123 Nice tracking job as well.
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Offline Flintlock1776

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Re: My Michigan update.
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2018, 01:11:14 PM »
Great outcome! Congrats
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