Bow hunting season excites Evart youngster

EVART — Ryan Elder’s family has a dairy farm in the Evart area and family members belong to the Central Michigan Hunters Unlimited group.

As a result, he’s quite the outdoorsman and enjoys the archery deer season, which started on Oct. 1.

“I try to bow hunt as much as I can,” he said at the recent CMHU banquet. 

The biggest buck Elder has ever shot with a bow is a 7-pointer last year.

“He was (going) away from me and I shot him,” Elder said.

He’s got a buck three years ago during gun season.

Elder is excited over this year’s bow season, which goes Oct. 1 to Nov. 14 and Dec. 1 to Jan. 1.

“I think there’s a lot of mature bucks out there,” he said.

Elder believes the antler point restriction rule has helped the local bucks population. The restriction instructs hunters to not shoot a buck unless it has three points on each side of its rack.

“There’s a lot more older bucks with a lot more points on them now,” he said.

Elder can’t get enough of bow hunting.

“I get an adrenalin rush and get to shoot my deer,” he said.

During bow hunting, as compared to the gun season, “you have to be a lot quieter,” Elder said. “It’s a lot harder to pull back a bow and stay focused rather than just pulling a trigger.”

Elder is 16 and a high school sophomore. Deer hunting is his No. 1 love.

“I might predator hunt if we have something there (bothering) the cows,” he said. “Our whole family hunts. It’s huge.”