Forced Participation in MARs

Discussion in '12 County NW Michigan APR's discussions' started by Blueump, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. Blueump

    Blueump

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    Okay I admit I was WRONG! I was very skeptical about the ARs imposed on our area. Opening evening I went to my stand ready for a season of disappointment determined to use my tags to kill 2 does if needed in order to put food on my table. I didn't support the ARs but I will abide by them.

    About 6:30 I saw movement and immediately saw it was a nice spike feeding slowly toward me. My heart sunk and I knew he was getting a "pass" this year. At 20 yards he was broadside and I knew that he would have already been in my freezer in previous years. After about 30 minutes he suddenly became very alert and stopped eating. I knew by his body language that more deer were coming.

    The first was a big bodied 7 point and the second was another spike. Long story short, the 7 point is now at the processor. If I had shot the initial spike, I would have blown my chance at the bigger buck! If nothing else, MARs forced me to have more patience, and it paid off!

    This may really work!

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  2. bucko12pt

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    Patience pays off.

    Congrats on the nice buck and better yet, more venison in the freezer than the spike would have provided.

    And the best is yet to come. :D
     

  3. dmrbigeshott

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    And wasn't it more exciting to be able to see and watch more deer? Like you said, if you would have shot the first buck you seen, you probably wouldn't have seen the other two.

    Congrats on the harvest.

    Now spread your story to the rest of the anti's on here lol
     
  4. Steve

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    Yeap and by passing on that spike you may have otherwise shot, you might have more excitement next year too.

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  5. Blueump

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    And THAT's why this has gotten so divisive! We never were "anti's"! We are naturally skeptical and need to see the evidence ourselves. We don't like people telling us we have to hunt "their way" and are more concerned about food on the table than we are about antler size. "Anti" is a gross misrepresentation and I take offense to it! Some people take longer to accept things than others, and that's not always a bad thing! :corkysm55
     
  6. farmlegend

    farmlegend Say My Name.

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    Congratulations blueump.

    All sorts of good karma can rain down on you when you pass on those spikes/forks.
     
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  7. field-n-feathers

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    Congrats, Blueump. Thanks for sharing the story.
     
  8. dmrbigeshott

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    Lol sorry, I guess some can be referred to as skeptics such as yourself.

    Welcome to the "light" side!
     
  9. Patman75

    Patman75 Always a season

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    Congrats on the nice buck! Maybe one of those spikes will stop by on next years opening day as an 8 point + for you. :)
     
  10. Jigin-N-Grinin

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    Great start blueump... Congrats!

    You summed it all up for those against or afraid to give MAPR a try. You proved you can pass on a smaller deer and eventually get a crack at a larger one. This is the one thing many hunters have really never tried. Lots of hunters shoot the first buck they see, raise all sorts of commotion afterwards by retrieving it, ruin there area for some time and never experienced the fun of putting extra time in the woods waiting for something larger.
    I also have to believe you enjoyed the hunt by watching (forced to pass on) that spike that meandered by you.
     
  11. brokentines

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    Awesome! Thanks for the TESTIMONY!
    congrats
     
  12. gillcommander

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    Glad you found him...I bet last night was a tough one.

    Congrats!!
     
  13. Blueump

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    Oh tell me about it! ;)
     
  14. Spartan88

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    Congrats on the buck!

    Give it two hunting seasons, guys will not break into cold sweats when a spike or fork walks.
     
  15. WMU05

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    Congratulations!

    This is cool in so many ways.