2017-10-19 / Outdoors

Deering’s 8-point highlights bow season success

By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor


JOSH DEERING harvested this point near Cedar Friday. 8- on JOSH DEERING harvested this point near Cedar Friday. 8- on Josh Deering passed up an 8-point early in the season for good reason.

Another buck had his attention.

“I had pictures of it in the beginning of the season and started narrowing down through trail cameras where he was,” Deering said. “I was lucky enough to find him on Friday.”

Deering dropped the 8-point beauty in Cedar with his Mathews bow from about 45 yards.

With an inside spread of 20 inches, the buck rough-measured about 140 and seven-eighths inches on the Boone and Crockett scale.

“I think that this year there are going to be a lot of big deer shot,” Deering said. “From what I’ve seen in trail cams and scouting — and with two light winters — we’re going to see a lot of nice bucks.”

Al Steimel can attest.

Steimel shot an 8-point on his Bingham Township farm opening day.


ALEX WIESEN’S 9-point led The Sportsman Shop buck pool as of Thursday. ALEX WIESEN’S 9-point led The Sportsman Shop buck pool as of Thursday. “It was pretty nice, a little cooler than it had been,” Steimel said. “I think that helped. It’s really fun to take one at the beginning of the season.

“Takes the pressure off.”

Steimel, who took the shot from about 20 yards, tagged the 4-and-a-half-year-old buck a little after 7 p.m.

Steimel’s brother, Mark Steimel, owns Fur-Fish-Game Taxidermy in Lake Leelanau.

Sportsmen had sought his services for three deer as of Thursday: two from the youth hunt — one shot in Benzie County and one shot in Leelanau County — and another shot with a bow in Grand Traverse County.

“There seems to be quite a few deer around,” Mark Steimel said. “This ain’t too bad, starting out like this, even though it’s been warm. I think there’s a fair amount of deer out there in spots. We just need some cooler weather.”


AL STEIMEL tagged this 8-point at about 7 p.m. on opening day in Bingham Township. The buck field dressed at 185 pounds, Steimel said. AL STEIMEL tagged this 8-point at about 7 p.m. on opening day in Bingham Township. The buck field dressed at 185 pounds, Steimel said. A buck pool at The Sportsman Shop in Glen Arbor had Alex Wiesen in first place as of Thursday.

Shop owner Bob Smith said Wiesen harvested a 9-point opening day.

Editor’s note: Submit deer photos to the Enterprise by emailing jason@leelanaunews.com. Please include name, date, township and any other details readers may find interesting.

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