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Several years ago I was deer hunting along the Masistee river in the Manistee National forest in Michigan . I had a canoe that I would take from my campsite to where I was hunting .
I had been hunting for a few days when I was headed back to my camp site around 11:00 AM , I saw something moving across the river . I couldn't quite make out what it was so I paddled closer to it . To my surprise it was a huge buck , looked to be at least a twenty eight inch spread and about fourteen points with two huge drop tines .
My problem now was that it is illegal to shoot a deer in Michigan that is swimming . I thought of a neat idea , I will tie a rope to its antlers and let it tow me to shore and when it climbed out of the water I will have my longbow ready and shoot it . Yea that would work . So I tied on to his antlers and tied the other end of the rope to the front of the canoe .
Off we went towards the shore , he was headed straight to a nice sandy little beach area . How good could this get , not a branch or brush to interfere with the shot . I could hardly believe it could be so easy .
Suddenly I could see that he was touching the bottom because I saw that his head was coming out of the water . I stood up in the middle of the canoe , knocked an arrow , got a good stance and just as he climbed out of the water he was off like a shot . The canoe shot forward flipping me out and into the water landing almost on my head . I struggled to get upright but by the time I got my wits about me I saw the deer run into the woods with my canoe in tow .
Well that really spoiled my hunt for that week and I walked the river bank back to my camp site . I decided to pack up and go home and try this area next year .
Its now a year later and I am back at the same area that I was hunting the year before . Found a nice natural blind , sat there for a few hours .
Then I heard the strangest noise coming . Sounded like a big trash can or something . I looked and there was that same deer from last year still tied to the canoe . I took my longbow and made a perfect shot . Got the deer and my canoe back . I felt so lucky
-------------------- "Nothing clears a troubled mind like shooting a bow. " Fred Bear Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:31 TGMM Family of the Bow
Here ya go, I happened by when Dale brought the buck in
-------------------- We live in the present, we dream of the future, but we learn eternal truths from the past When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. Posts: 5076 | From: Potterville Michigan | Registered: Mar 2003
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quote:Originally posted by MIBIGHNTR: A Mule Deer in the Manistee National Forest?? I must not be a very good hunter, I've never seen one there??
It must have wandered in from Colorado or Wyoming and Graps was lucky enough to get the only one in Michigan!!!! Or that clear liquid in his water bottle isn't really water.
-------------------- Too many bows to list, and so many more I want to try! Keep the wind in your face, and your broadheads sharp. Posts: 649 | From: Newaygo, Michigan | Registered: Dec 2008
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