By Louie Stout
Chris Collins poses with the record book buck he shot in Marshall County.
Chris Collins knew the giant buck he’d seen for a few years still lived somewhere on his farm near Lake Maxinkuckee.
“I found his shed antler last spring and saw him last summer in our bean field,” said the Marshall County real estate broker. “We saw him again on our trail cameras and my brother (Alan) and I were thrilled he was still around.”
The Collins brothers named the buck “Twin Towers” because of its large (29 inches) of brow tines to go along with massive main beams.
They manage their property for quality bucks and this one certainly exceeded the standards. If they were going to kill him, they knew their window of opportunity was closing.
“We’ve been specifically hunting this buck since mid-October,” said Collins. “We passed on several mature bucks because we knew this was the one we wanted.”
Trevor Draves climbed off a roof at the A-Team Construction site where he worked in Rolling Prairie, rushed home to grab his hunting gear then drove to the woods in southern LaPorte County.
It’s what avid bow hunters do in late October when the early rut is underway.
“I didn’t get in the stand until 4 o’clock,” said the 21-year-old LaPorte resident. “But when I saw a good number of does milling around, I figured it was going to be a good night.”
He had no idea just how good it would be.
By Louie Stout
Bow hunters who kicked off the 2016 season earlier this month should see more deer this fall than they’ve seen in recent years.
That’s the report from area biologists who say all indications are that the deer herd has rebounded from the EHD (epizootic hemorrhagic disease) that killed a lot of Michiana animals in recent years.
“I think we’re going into the season with solid numbers,” said Ken Kesson, wildlife manager at Crane Pond Game Area in Jones, Mi. “We’re seeing positive response in areas that were previously impacted by EHD.”
Kesson said he’s had one confirmed report of EHD in Berrien County but other areas have been quiet.