Big Rapids hunter bags 8-point buck

Don Morris

BIG RAPIDS — Don Morris is among the area bow hunters who has enjoyed success in the first month of the season.

Morris, 77, of Big Rapids, shot an 8-point buck with 17 ½ in rack span on the morning of Oct. 18. He was hunting north of Big Rapids.

He shot it with a bow and found it on Oct. 19.

“It looked like a liver hit according to the blood on the arrow,” Morris said.

Morris had not previously seen the buck.

“I never saw the buck and I’ve never seen one that big,” he said. “I was at the right place at the right time.”

He was hunting on private property.

“I’m lucky I was able to shoot at it,” he said. “I saw a couple of fawns. They came through around 6:15. They moseyed on out there after a few minutes. They were munching on some apples. A few minutes later, they were back. I could see another deer in the brush. She came out a little bit. There was a branch in the way. When she took some steps, she was spooked by something.”

The fawns came back and a big buck was behind them eating apples. Then he saw the buck again 25 yards away.

“He came into an opening and I shot him,” Morris said. “He made it out of them the heavy brush and fell down in the woods.”

Morris went out the next morning and it took him 10 minutes to find the buck about 135 yards from where he shot it.

“It was by far the biggest one I’ve shot,” he said. “I had him weighed and he was 185 pounds field dressed.”

Morris strictly bow hunts.

“I like the challenge,” he said. “I don’t use a crossbow. I’m 77 and I still use a compound bow.”





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

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