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Mike Howie’s 8-pointer

November 08, 2008

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Scorable Points: 8

Kill Date: Nov. 7, 2008

County: Vermilion

Season: Bow

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here in the words of bowhunter Mike Howie of Potomac is his hunt for a big 8-point buck.

This buck was the fourth I saw that morning. After a few grunts he appeared as though he was not going to be coming my way. He would stop and look when I grunted but was not coming to investigate.

I at least wanted to try and get a picture of him, if nothing else, so out came the camera and I managed to snap a photo of him. I quickly put the camera up and the grunt call back to my mouth.

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He worked a couple of scrapes then turned and started walking straight away from me. Two more grunts and he turned 180 and started my way. At 40 yards he stopped and was looking for the buck he had heard grunting. Not seeing him, he once again turned and started away from me. One more grunt and he came in to 27 yards for the shot.

It’s a hunt I will never forget. Having a picture of him minutes before harvesting him and grunting him to me is just icing on the cake. He grossed 154 3/8 inches and field dressed 225 pounds.

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