Two bucks in two days: Howie's a happy man

Chase deer hunter having phenomenal success

CHASE—Howie Lodholtz has been a very happy hunter this week.

Lodholtz bagged a buck on Wednesday and another one on Thursday. His Wednesday buck was an 8-pointer with 14 ½-inch rack span. On Thursday, he shot an 8-pointer with 15 1/2-inch rack spread.

He was hunting north of Big Rapids in Mecosta County.

“The first day I never saw a buck but I saw about 30 does,” Lodholtz said. “The second day, I saw some bucks and shot that one 8-point. The third day, I saw five bucks in the morning and shot this big one.

“I sat there watching does and about 15 minutes later the first (buck) came through. He gave me a good open shot in my runaway and ran about 60 yards after I shot him. He was probably 2 years old.”

This Thursday buck was about a year older, Lodholtz estimated.

“I shot him about 20 minutes to eight,” Lodholtz said. “He was all by himself looking for does. I turned down two little eight points before I shot him. He came out and stood about 65 yards from me, looked at me and I said ‘you’re big enough.’

“He’s probably the heaviest deer I’ve ever shot. He’s probably 4 ½ years old. He has a neck on him. I saw another couple of eight points when I shot him. I’ve had a heckuva season. So I’ll save my tag for muzzleloader.”

He’s used his buck tags but has a doe tag for next month’s muzzleloader season.

Lodholtz lives seven miles from the Osceola County border. But he’s the chairman of the Lake County Board of Commissioners.