Agree with sniper, very nice and well thought out post. I actually can relate. I've spent a lot of time hunting my family's property over the years in Harrison and have run into the same issues, so I can relate.I used to own a nice piece of property right in the corner of Gladwin, Clare & Roscommon counties. I loved the property for the big woods feel, the fact I had bears cruise through regularly, great turkey hunting and quite a few grouse. I put a ton of time into that place with food plots and TSI. Rarely would I get a buck over 110 inches on camera.
I think there were a couple issues was that the deer never got any age. Most of my neighbors shot the first buck they saw and were hell on the does even though the area wouldn't support it. Second, quality of food. My food plots could not make up for the fact there was no ag for miles. I guess there may also be a difference in minerals in the soil. That is an overlooked factor in my opinion. I finally sold the place,
Now I am in Calhoun county and am seeing the type of deer I like to hunt. This year however I was very picky because of what I was seeing and never ended up letting an arrow go. There are a few big does that better keep their heads down early next year. I am after them before they know they are being hunted.
Zero mention of 120” on the quoted message or the reply but you sure came in hot anyway. I’ve said it before but I see a lot more shaming of the people with the higher buck standards than the other way around.Enjoyment starts at 120"?
I am thankful that mine doesn't require a tape measure
I remember in the late 80’s we could get 2 archery buck tags and 2 firearm buck tags. It seems that was pretty short lived. Is that what you refer to in terms of more than 2 legally?I know that some have taken 2 or more legal, fair chase, Michigan bucks for 40 straight years or more.
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Mostly, yes. The 2 buck archery and 2 buck gun lasted 5 years. However, there were years in there where we could still take a camp buck and then there were the island buck seasons also. Those were a separate license.I remember in the late 80’s we could get 2 archery buck tags and 2 firearm buck tags. It seems that was pretty short lived. Is that what you refer to in terms of more than 2 legally?
It was on a FB page for Alcona County ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/427998860553125 )Thats pretty sweet. Looks old. Where'd you find that? And where would that have been? On 65 a long time ago?