I recently got my end of the season 11 pointer back from “Gary Brown Taxidermy.” My wife said “there’s enough deer heads hanging on the wall, we don’t need another!” She at least let me have the skull bleached so I could do a European mount. I have to admit it was nice saving $400.00 dollars by going that way. It turned out well, and I didn’t have to stink up the garage boiling it myself. I did one a couple years ago, and swore I would never do it again.
The green score on my buck was 151-6/8. That’s just a couple points less than a monster 8 pointer I shot in Hillsdale several years back. Both bucks weighed about the same (around 170 pounds) as they were really wore out from the rut. I imagine they had their “hooves” full just keeping the rest of the bucks away from their harem. This is the second largest scoring buck I have ever taken. I do have three others between 128-132 hanging on the wall. It seems strange to me as I have never taken a really nice buck with a rifle/shotgun/ muzzleloader! All (6) of my big bucks have been with a bow or crossbow.
In retrospect I guess I do prepare a little harder for bow season than I do gun. Ever since I was a kid I’ve enjoyed bow hunting, and that time of year, over the gun season. October and those first two weeks of November are special for sure. We are so fortunate here in Michigan to have all of December to bowhunt also. Hey if we didn’t I would not of had a chance to put a trophy on the wall, and meat in the freezer.