Big Rapids hunter bags 8-point buck

Jim Jacobs bagged this 8-point buck in Osceola County on Nov. 26. (Pioneer photo/Tim Rath)

BIG RAPIDS — The recently completed deer hunting season was a kind one for Jim Jacobs, 74, of Big Rapids.

He bagged an 8-point buck with 16-inch rack span on Nov 26 while hunting at deer camp in Osceola County near the Hersey area.

He used one shot from his 30.30. He was hunting around 5 p.m. that day and said he’s shot many deer in his lifetime.

“I had seen a few deer before this one,” Jacobs said. “In fact, I think I almost saw this one on opening day. I could see movement, I saw antlers. All of a sudden there was a shot. Someone from another property had taken a shot at it. It appeared he had not hit it.”

But the deer Jacobs wound up shooting had a broken leg.

“That’s one of the reasons I shot it,” he said “I was in the process of closing up my blind because it was getting dark. It was behind a tree but I could see the antlers sticking out. It was a legal deer for that county. When it moved I could see it was crippled and I thought I should probably do him in. When he moved in front of my blind about 25 yards away, I shot it and he dropped right there. I was surprised when I got to it how big it was. It did have a broken front leg.”

Jacobs said he didn’t know if the broken leg was from a gun shot or if the deer had been hit by a car.

“I didn’t look to see because my shot came from the other side,” he said. “Our camp was a success. Of the four of us, we got three nice bucks.”

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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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