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Northern Mi 
32 Cal.
Posts: 22
01-03-18 03:37 PM - Post#1660824    


On the opening morning of Michigan's 2017 firearm deer season my 85 year old Father shot a very nice 7 point with his old Marlin lever gun. It is the biggest buck he has taken in a very long career of hunting in northern Mi. Not a ML be please read on.[image]https://www.flickr.com/photos/139274857@N04/39472999501/in/album-72157688946683062/[/image]
On Dec. 3rd I sat in that same stand with my TC Big Boar hoping for a chance at a nice 8 point that I had seen in November. I did not see a deer in the morning, went in for lunch and returned about 3:30. About half an hour before the sun went down I looked over my right shoulder and saw a nice buck about 50 or 60 yards away. At first all I saw were antlers and an ear. Then he started walking toward me. There was not enough time to turn around so I cocked the hammer and moved the gun so that I could shoot left handed. As the buck moved closer I started to get nervous about shooting left handed but he kept walking so I just kept following him over the sights. When he stopped quartered toward me at 10 yards I aimed for the shoulder and squeezed. I lost sight of him in the smoke. Then I saw movement at the bottom of the cloud as he dropped and rolled over on his side. As I was reloading he tried to get back up, it was obvious by the way he was moving, or not moving, that the round ball had hit his spine. I shot him a second time to stop his struggling. Luckily I didn't need a third shot because I reloaded again only to have the ball stop about a 3rd of the way down the barrel. No matter what I did I could not move it.
I recovered the ball from the first shot under the hide on the far side. It is almost 80 cal. I am impressed that it stayed together after hitting the shoulder blade and a couple sections of the lower spine. [image]https://www.flickr.com/photos/139274857@N04/27637827979/in/album-72157688946683062/[/image]
Turns out that although this buck is only an 8 point he is much bigger than any deer I have taken, and to do it with a ML from the same stand as Dad's best buck made this year very special.
It has also renewed my interest in hunting and shooting a ML. I continue to be impressed with the effectiveness of a patched round ball. [image]https://www.flickr.com/photos/139274857@N04/27637866499/in/album-72157688946683062/[/image]
I returned to that same spot during the late antlerless season to take a doe at about 30 yards with the same ML.
She was quartering toward me also. The ball hit a little low in the shoulder, shredded part of the heart, the lungs and the liver on the far side then exited. She ran about 60 yards leaving an easy to follow blood trail in the snow.
That cloud of smoke and loud boom has me hooked.
I am having trouble figuring out how to add pictures please let me know if they are here.


 
22fowl 
45 Cal.
Posts: 633
01-03-18 05:22 PM - Post#1660849    

    In response to Northern Mi







 
Spikebuck 
69 Cal.
Posts: 3318
Spikebuck
01-03-18 08:19 PM - Post#1660880    

    In response to Northern Mi

That's a dandy 8. Congratulations!
"In a land painted by our Maker's hand, teeming with wildlife, where but here can a man know such freedom" Primal Dreams


 
Ames 
45 Cal.
Posts: 690
Ames
01-04-18 08:09 AM - Post#1660943    

    In response to Northern Mi

Beefy looking 8 you got there! Did you weigh him?

 
22fowl 
45 Cal.
Posts: 633
01-04-18 08:46 AM - Post#1660951    

    In response to 22fowl

Nice Buck...I have tried shooting wrong handed..and missed.
Your Dad must have been thrilled.
Great pictures... congrats again!

 
Northern Mi 
32 Cal.
Posts: 22
01-04-18 10:59 AM - Post#1660975    

    In response to Ames

Did not weigh him. Had one that dressed right at 200 lbs a few years ago, he was not quite that big. Skinned both these deer, neither one had any fat on them, burned it all of chasing girls. They are well fed here.
The 8 pt. appears to be 3.5 yrs old.

 
Deputy Dog 
50 Cal.
Posts: 1087
Deputy Dog
01-04-18 12:35 PM - Post#1660995    

    In response to 22fowl

What an outstanding story with great photos, congratulations! You and your dad both have a right to be proud. You didn't say but I am assuming your Big Bore is a .58 caliber. Keep yer powder dry.......robin

 
Nit Wit 
45 Cal.
Posts: 990
01-04-18 03:30 PM - Post#1661033    

    In response to Northern Mi

Great story, we have Geezer shoots and we have to shoot opposite of normal, good practice, cause you never know!
Congratulations!
Nit Wit

 
ny griz 
58 Cal.
Posts: 2420
01-05-18 04:09 PM - Post#1661327    

    In response to Nit Wit

Congrats.Griz

 
necchi 
Cannon
Posts: 12069
necchi
01-05-18 05:57 PM - Post#1661353    

    In response to Northern Mi

It's un-fortunate that the "Hunting Journal" has now become open to additional posts.
It used to be a good place to read a good story.
JohnT
Molon Labe~


 
Northern Mi 
32 Cal.
Posts: 22
01-05-18 06:02 PM - Post#1661354    

    In response to Deputy Dog

Yes, it's a .58

 
THE SAVAGE 
32 Cal.
Posts: 30
01-08-18 09:05 PM - Post#1662199    

    In response to Northern Mi

Great looking gun and the buck is great Plus the story

 
Grumpa 
58 Cal.
Posts: 2002
01-11-18 12:06 PM - Post#1662791    

    In response to necchi

It still is "a good place to read a good story", John. You can stop after the original post, if that satisfies you. But additional posts can enlarge on the account, and give more information, such as loads, etc. And it give readers a chance to interact with the OP.

BTW, Northern MI, thanks for a good read, the left handed shot added to the story. Congrats on a really nice buck.

Richard/Grumpa

 
Northern Mi 
32 Cal.
Posts: 22
01-12-18 07:03 AM - Post#1662945    

    In response to Grumpa

Thank you Grumpa, I always enjoy reading the stories posted here. I agree with you about commenting on a post, what is there to complain about ?

 
rf50cal 
40 Cal.
Posts: 159
01-15-18 09:53 PM - Post#1663652    

    In response to Northern Mi

Congratulations! That has to feel extra good to take a buck like that with a smoke pole.

 
Okie Hog 
40 Cal.
Posts: 364
01-19-18 12:37 PM - Post#1664600    

    In response to Northern Mi

Congrats on the big Michigan buck.

 
hanshi 
Cannon
Posts: 8334
hanshi
02-01-18 02:48 PM - Post#1667120    

    In response to Northern Mi

I believe you went and shot someone's horse and glued a small tree on its head.

 
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