PARTING SHOT: Big Rapids youngster bags 8-pointer on opening day

Charles Montgomery bagged an 8-point buck on opening day.

BIG RAPIDS — Perseverance paid off for 13-year-old Charles Montgomery.

The Big Rapids youngster and his father, Chad Montgomery, were hunting along Chippewa Lake Road in the Big Rapids area on Thursday morning, the opening day of the rifle season, when Charles shot an 8-point buck with 15-inch rack span.

It was the first firearm season entry in the Pioneer’s Big Buck Contest.

Charles said it’s the sixth deer of his lifetime and the best whitetail he’s shot. He shot it around 9:05 a.m. while hunting on his grandfather’s property.

He and his dad weren’t sure if it was the same deer Charles had previously shot at with a crossbow during archery season.

“It’s hard for us to say,” Chad said.

Charles said he saw the deer coming from a distance but didn’t initially realize it was a buck.

“It was 150 yards (away) and hopped out,” he said. “We stopped it and I made the shot and I dropped it.”

They got to their stand around 6:45 a.m. He shot the buck in the neck and it went down.

“We were getting ready to leave, it was so cold,” Chad said. “It was maybe low 20s or mid 20s. We talked about staying around another 10 minutes. And there he came.”

They plan on continuing to hunt.

“We heard a lot of shots.” Chad said.

Charles also bow hunts but especially enjoys rifle hunting.

Hunters may bring their bucks to the Pioneer office on 115 N. Michigan Ave. during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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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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