Chase hunter finds his prize late in season

CHASE — Jacob Macurio said the most recent deer he shot was No. 20 in his lifetime. In a sense, it was a deer of a lifetime.

Macurio, 26, of Chase, used one shot from his .243 Winchester while hunting in Newaygo County to down a 9-point buck with a 22-inch rack span.

He shot the buck in the morning on Nov. 27, just three days before the close of the firearm season.

“It’s my biggest one, by far,” Macurio said.

He didn’t realize the deer was in the area.

“I started watching around six or seven doe around 8 a.m.,” he said. “They were about 200 yards off to my east. I saw something out of the corner of my eye to the left, there he was.” About 30 seconds later, Macurio shot the buck from 50 yards. It dropped right away.

“It was very exciting,” he said. “There’s quite a few deer out there, smaller bucks, but nothing close to this.”

Macurio said he shot a “lot smaller” buck during the bow season, which ends Jan. 1.