Bow hunters continue to search for success



BIG RAPIDS - Bow hunting is five weeks old and it's relatively early to say too much.

"I've seen some whopper bucks already," DNR wildlife biologist Pete Kaililng said. "Surprisingly, there's a good number from public lands. Acorns are everywhere and the deer are cleaning up the acorns. So guys hunting the oaks are seeing deer.

"I've seen a couple off public land that were two or three years old, and looked really nice."

It's a six-week bow hunting period from Oct. 1 to Nov. 14.

Right now "is a good time if you're happy with any deer," Kailing said. "They're still in their summer pattern of coming out of the field. If you go after an older buck, it's a much better time to hunt between Halloween and early November before the riifle season. That's when the rut is really on. There's more activity with bucks chasing the does. Car-deer accidents go up"

There was "good local production" of wood ducks, and geese during the early stages of the waterfowl season, Kailing said. "Water levels are high. The opener south of M-20 is this Saturday. There's a lot of people are out in Martiny and the Haymarsh. As acorns fall into the water, the ducks will climb up onshore to eat them. They all like acorns. If you're going after a fall turkey or deer, find a white oak, and they'll get those before the red oaks."

"There some good sized bucks," Tanner Haven of Frank's Sporting Goods in Morley, said. "They're shooting a lot of 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 old bucks, which is good to see."