Macomb hunter reflects on successful local hunt

10-POINT: Justin Gekiere shot this 10-point buck on Nov. 17. (Pioneer photo/Meghan Haas)

10-POINT: Justin Gekiere shot this 10-point buck on Nov. 17. (Pioneer photo/Meghan Haas)

MORLEY — The local deer season will officially close with the final day of bow hunting on Sunday.

But it was quite a firearm season for Justin Gekiere, 33, of Macomb Township.

Gekiere was hunting the morning of Nov. 17 in the Morley area when he shot a 10-point buck with rack span of 21 3/8 inches.

He indicated he had a picture of the buck on his trail cam prior to his hunt.

“It went out and hadn’t seen much,” Gekiere said. “The deer kind of disappeared. I tried a new spot. My dad saw the deer the day before on a neighbor’s property. I went out and waited and saw a couple of does. (The 10-pointer) appeared out of nowhere, basically, it’s one of those things.

“There wasn’t a whole lot of time. I took a shot and missed him (from 60 yards away). I got excited and pulled the trigger a little prematurely.”

He got another chance and made the shot, but the buck ran off.

“I wasn’t sure if I hit him that time either,” Gekiere said.

He kept walking, saw some blood and found the buck laying on the ground. He was 60 yards away again when he shot the 10-pointer the second time. He figures the buck ran about 70 yards after it was hit.

Then he realized how big the rack was. it’s the biggest buck he’s shot in his lifetime.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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