Hunter tags big nontypical in Shiawassee County
Hunting with friend Joe Dykes on land belonging to a third party in Shiawassee County, Kendrick shot a huge 32-point nontypical buck on Nov. 30 that green-scored 2255⁄8.
“I saw him three times that day, but he wouldn’t stop, and when he did I’d just get a glimpse of part of his body,” Kendrick told Michigan Outdoor News.
The third time Kendrick saw the massive beast, it was following three does, a 5-point buck, and a 10-point buck.
“He was about 40 yards behind them all,” Kendrick said. “When I saw all those tines I started to get excited, but I didn’t know (how big) he was. He finally stopped for a minute and gave me a broadside shot at about 80 yards, between two trees.”
Kendrick didn’t let the obstacles distract him and made a lethal double-lung shot with his 50-caliber muzzleloader.
“I’d never seen him before. I never hunted that property before,” Kendrick said. “My buddy Joe called and asked if I wanted to go hunting. We were sitting in a box blind and were going to film the hunt, but the camera wasn’t working right.
“We got to the blind about 11 o’clock and I shot him around 3. During that time, we saw him three times, but I couldn’t get a good shot until the third time I saw him.”
Kendrick said they watched the buck go down then hurried over to the trophy animal.
“I couldn’t even talk. I was in shock. I didn’t know what to say,” Kendrick said. “It looked like a freak, like it was almost surreal. I just stood there looking at it and I couldn’t stop smiling.”
Kerndrick said he started hunting a few years ago after encouragement from his friends. His first year afield he shot a 6-point buck on opening day of bow season and an 8-point buck on opening day of firearms season, but neither deer was anything like the bruiser he shot Nov. 30.
After a 60-day drying period, Kendrick will have the antlers measured again for an official score. It’s likely to challenge the state record for nontypical bucks killed with a muzzleloader. That record, according to Commemorative Bucks of Michigan, the official keeper of Michigan big-game records, is 2151⁄8.. The buck was killed in Calhoun County in 2007 by Tim Tackett. The all-weapon state record nontypical scored 2382⁄8 and was killed in Bay County in 1976 by Paul Mickey.