Big Bucks and the Chippewa


By: Mark Walters

Hello friends: I have just returned from what has been the longest adventure I have had in years. My bow hunting / camping / canoeing trip at Tiffany Bottoms in Pepin and Buffalo counties was to start on a Friday and end on a Wednesday. A few observations of a few big bucks and I added five well spent days to my adventure. There’s a ton to write about with this week’s column, so I’ll be vague and all over the map.

wednesday 3 november Top 46, bottom 28

When this adventure ended, I would have canoeed from my camp 10 times a mile in the dark each morning and a mile in the dark to camp 10 times. I did 20 hunts and didn’t miss a single one.

The swamp I hunt is full of beavers and there are two interesting stories about it. One is the warning shot up front. In total darkness, at least 80 times, I saw beavers snapping their tails on the water to alert other beavers to my presence. The kits, which weigh maybe 10 pounds, do so from at least 15 feet away. Adults seem to enjoy trying to do it at five feet and hitting me with water.

Another interesting fact is that where I hunt there is a steep cliff on one side of the water and a semi-flooded forest on the other. Since I’ve been here I’ve seen the beavers add six inches of mud to the top of their dam and they’re now flooding the forest.

This morning, I was sitting in my booth, and I saw, if I had harvested.

■ pjiil ‘it, which would have been the biggest of my life. I am talking about maybe 19 inches but very tall and a lot of mass. When I saw him he was only 30 meters away but there was brush. At 25 ———- T yards I could have taken a top half of – i ______ 1 … H the body shot with the rest obstructed by brush so I chose to do not do it. Just like that my trophy took a trail

Good buddies Jeff Moll and Doug Cibulka enjoying a day away from me and the game

on the Menominee River near Niagara * 0 Y

my conversation in the world of bow hunting. I’m 60, I climb 16 feet in a tree, it’s below zero, a buck goes by and here are some scenarios.

My balance is great, but I’m 60, not 30. It can really affect your shooting with a compound bow. It is very easy to get stopped by Mr. Buck when you are in a tree trying to shoot a bow in cold weather and 60s.

Two years ago I was at this same spot and a nice 10 point shot gave an easy medium shot. I was halfway through my pull and my shoulder got stuck, so the buck pulled away.

Every hunter will pass this way or go to a crossbow or give up the hunt. Today’s money would have been killed with a crossbow.

Thursday November 4 Maximum 52, minimum 30

I rowed in the dark, climbed a tree in the dark, saw an average of one deer per day, but still haven’t touched it for today and I love life. At 7:45 a.m. I saw a buck about 80 meters away about to cross a swamp and walked towards me. I’ve never been the type with big bucks or nothing, but in recent years I’ve left out the little ones.

Today is the seventh day of this trip and so far I have seen six dollars and four does. This money was world class. I’m by no means exaggerating when I say he was the biggest buck I had ever seen in the wild and no one in my gang killed that much money. Thirty yards before I got to my stand and in some brush he took a right that would take him away from me and that was basically the dagger of this trip.

I lived a simple life for 11 full days and loved every minute of it. The majority of my food has been grown at home or captured or slaughtered during my adventures. My work ethic was great and I have to admit that the crossbow issue is of great concern to me. I also could have collected a 10 pointers, not huge, but nice, on the third day if I had used a crossbow. I won’t shoot a deer over 25 yards with a compound bow and in reality my comfort zone ends at 22.

During this trip I had a lot of adventure friends who texted me and one of them sent me a picture of a buck moose in Adams County and I have heard there were two. Rifle hunters, better think before you shoot.

My good buddies Jeff Moll and Doug Cibulka were also on an annual duck hunt on the Menominee River in Marinette County and it was great fun communicating with them via text message while sitting in a tree.

Soon we will be hunting fish on frozen water.

Enjoy each day as if it were the last! Sunset . ……………………………….

This male elk was spotted in Adams County on November 7th!


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