Michigan Hunting Photos & Stories

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Buck Hollow
Jerry Beach

I wasn’t really convinced that this was a good spot to set up on opening day. It was too close to the two track road that ran through this area. It didn’t seem to have anything to offer a deer by way of food or cover.  And, I had already spent two evenings and a morning perched in a tree stand not 20 yards away during archery season and hadn’t seen anything except squirrels.

My 1.5-Point Buck
Jerry Beach

“How big was your buck?”, is a familiar question that is asked among deer hunters. Typical answers usually range from, “A spike” to, “An eight-pointer”, or anything in between. Sometimes the number goes even higher to nine, ten or more. In my neck of the woods (Michigan), there are some big deer, to be sure. But more often than not, the number of points on a whitetail that is killed here will be eight or less.

Never Too Old to Make a Rookie Mistake
Jerry Beach

  Look up the definition of “rookie” and you will find: (1) an athlete playing his or her first season as a member of a professional sports team; (2) a raw recruit, as in the army or on a police force; (3) a novice.

  So a rookie is a person who is new to doing something; he or she is not familiar with the way things are supposed to work, not having the necessary experience.

Chilly Morning at Cole Creek
Jerry Beach

  We only had the morning to hunt.

  The exact reason for that escapes me now, but we had to be back at the house by noon – and this was opening day of deer season!

  Our usual hunting location was a 45-minute drive away, which meant that we would have to leave there by 11:00, which meant that we’d have to come out of the woods even earlier than that, which means . . . well, you get the idea.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Jerry Beach

  No matter what outdoor sport we humans are involved in, there are always things that can go wrong that either put a complete halt to the activity, or at least change our plans in some way.

  For example:

  When we’re driving a vehicle, the fan belt can break (remember when they used to slip off?).

Confessions of a Nest Hunter
Jerry Beach

  I hadn’t even heard the term until I was reading a book about Mule Deer hunting.

  The author was describing the different methods that hunters use to harvest Mule Deer, and he termed the first one, “Nest Hunting”.

Rainy Opener
Jerry Beach

“Whether the weather is cold, or whether the weather is hot; we’ll weather the weather whatever the weather, or whether there’s weather or not!”

I don’t know who first penned that phrase, but for those who love the outdoors, it’s often the frame of mind we must have to prevent being stymied every time the weather isn’t exactly as we would like it to be.

Another saying that we hear often in Michigan is, “If you don’t like the weather, just stick around a few minutes – it will change.” I suspect that one is heard in many other places, too.

A Whole New Experience
Jerry Beach

What a difference!

The arrow seemed to literally streak off the riser toward the buck as it stood munching an apple.

Even before it sank between the ribs of the animal, I could tell that a whole new world of bowhunting had been opened to me.

I had just shot my very first deer with a compound bow.

Prior to this I had been using a Bear recurve that I had bought many years before. It had a draw weight of 45 pounds.

I had been shooting a bow since I was a kid and was a pretty good shot, shooting instinctively, using no sights.

A New Method of Deer Hunting
Jerry Beach

There are many methods of deer hunting that are considered normal, or standard: standing, still-hunting, stalking and driving.

But did you ever hear of the method called, “texting”?

Yes, it’s one of the newer methods that was bound to make the hunting scene, given all the advances in technology these days.

I have a friend who is convinced that if it were not for texting, he probably would not have harvested a deer this season.

Here is his story:

Ed's Snapshot Buck
Jerry Beach

What a place to try to hunt!

It was so thick that visibility was limited in most places to just a few yards.

The jack pines that were between 5 to 20 feet tall had been planted in furrows, making the walking very difficult. If you didn’t keep one eye on the ground, your foot would either suddenly drop into a furrow or strike the side of one. It was definitely not the best scenario for sneaking up on a deer.