2017-09-28 / Outdoors

More solid bucks harvested in Youth Hunt


KACI KILINSKI shot this 8-point buck during the Youth Hunt Sept. 16th while hunting with her dad, Greg Kilinski. This is Kaci’s second buck. KACI KILINSKI shot this 8-point buck during the Youth Hunt Sept. 16th while hunting with her dad, Greg Kilinski. This is Kaci’s second buck. Deer weren’t exactly on the move during the warmer-than-usual Youth Hunt, but that didn’t stop Leelanau County kids from finding success.

Five more Youth Hunt photos rolled in this week, including two smiling county kids and their 8-point bucks.

“Deer numbers seem to be pretty good,” said Steve Griffith, wildlife biologist with the Department of Natural Resources. “I have had reports of some bucks in Benzie and Traverse counties, specifically. I’m sure that applies to Leelanau, too. We’re supposed to have a break in this heat.

“Hopefully things will cool off.”

Deer hunters hope that’s in time for the start of bow season on Sunday.

Deer may stay put if the weather stays warm — but that won’t keep local hunters from hitting the woods.


SAMANTHA TARSA, 13, harvested a mature doe the opening morning of the Youth Hunt in Custer to assist a local farmer with crop loss on his new alfalfa seeding. Tarsa had earned her buck tag the year before and shot a nice 8-point from the same blind as her sister, Amanda Tarsa. SAMANTHA TARSA, 13, harvested a mature doe the opening morning of the Youth Hunt in Custer to assist a local farmer with crop loss on his new alfalfa seeding. Tarsa had earned her buck tag the year before and shot a nice 8-point from the same blind as her sister, Amanda Tarsa. “There’s always that nostalgia about the opener,” Griffith said. “It’s worth getting out there. The persistence, from my point of view, pays off. It’s a long season. There are six weeks until the firearm (season), so there’s plenty of time — but it’s definitely going to get better. Things will cool down.”



AMANDA TARSA, 12, shot this 110-inch, 3-and-a-half-year-old 8-point in Custer the opening evening of the Youth Hunt after having earned a buck tag by harvesting does the previous two youth seasons, a family rule. AMANDA TARSA, 12, shot this 110-inch, 3-and-a-half-year-old 8-point in Custer the opening evening of the Youth Hunt after having earned a buck tag by harvesting does the previous two youth seasons, a family rule.

COLE DENOYER, 12, shot a doe on Sept. 16 while hunting with an uncle in Benzie County. Denoyer is a seventh grader at Leland Public School. COLE DENOYER, 12, shot a doe on Sept. 16 while hunting with an uncle in Benzie County. Denoyer is a seventh grader at Leland Public School.

RYAN PRIEST, 11, took down a five-point buck at about 7:15 a.m. on Sept. 16 while hunting in Centerville Township with his dad, Doug Priest Jr. RYAN PRIEST, 11, took down a five-point buck at about 7:15 a.m. on Sept. 16 while hunting in Centerville Township with his dad, Doug Priest Jr.

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