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Old 12-14-2003, 11:20 PM
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I can't seem to be able to find big buck here in mich. Any ideas on where to start?
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Old 12-18-2003, 12:08 PM
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Hi Terry,

There was a post on here recently about B&C and P&Y record book
entries from the usa. Too make a long story short, almost all of the entries
from Michigan were from the lower part of the lower Peninsula. Draw a line
from Bay City west to the lake shore and almost all of the entries were
below that line. My Nephew got a nice 8 point in Sanilac County this year, and
he seen several other nice Bucks. I dont know where you are at, but another
county in the UP is Menominee County where there are a lot of nice bucks
taken. I used to live in Mich. at Mio. Where u at?
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Old 12-19-2003, 07:28 AM
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Look to southern MI counties of Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, and further west and south. If you try to stay south and west of Ann Arbor you are in the prime big buck areas of MI. While most counties can produce a trophy or two the deer in those counties to the south are predominantly larger, have more massive antlers, and more room to roam. There is plenty of food for them. I am not up on the availability of state land - there are a couple of state game areas but they are likely crawling with people - you may have to do some looking for private property and get permision to hunt - the State also maintains a list called "public hunting on private land". Northern lower is not good these days...deer are becoming hard to find - in the north east the DNR has wpied them out due to bovine TB and I think state-wide the insurance lobby has won over the DNR into providing way to many antlerless tags (one per day in some places) - the upper is better to the east and central - the western herd has been depleated due to the CWD scare from Wisconsin - a friend of a friend was in a 5-man party last season that shot 40 does in the west in a four day hunt - legally...yes forty in the western UP. The state seems to have gotten cagey about the CWD

good luck
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