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The wait is practically more than, and thousands of Maine deer hunters are eager to get into the woods more than the subsequent two weeks to take component in the annual ritual of attempting to fill their tag. Just before lengthy, we’ll be greeting fellow hunters with the age-old phrase: “Get your deer however?”

For now, even though, we’re nevertheless dreaming about the massive buck we’ll discover this year or mourning the massive a single that foiled our greatest efforts a year ago. In that spirit, we decided to share 3 of our preferred BDN deer tales from current years. We know you will agree that these stories are worth telling once again and once again.

If you have however to start scouting for the upcoming season, you’d improved get cracking. Firearms deer hunting in Maine kicks off Saturday as junior hunters will head afield on Youth Deer Day. Nov. two is Maine’s residents-only opening day, when Nov. four marks the opening day for nonresidents.

Now, sit back and appreciate a couple of classic stories from the archives.

Gabor Degre | BDN

Gabor Degre | BDN

Ben Thibodeau poses with the deer he shot in Bucksport on the opening day of the hunting season in 2015. He stated he did not hunti expanding up and this is the initially deer he shot because taking up the activity 3 years ago. At left are Thibodeau older daughters Mirabel, five, (left) and Zoe, eight.

The Millvale monster

Back in 2015, we introduced you to Ben Thibodeau, a Brewer man who had taken up hunting 3 years earlier, but hadn’t had any good results.

And then, his luck changed. Boy, did it modify.

He shot a deer that locals had been seeing for years, and had taken to calling “The Millvale Monster.”

The deer had a one of a kind and recognizable rack, with two huge drop tines and a quantity of other points. Thibodeau known as it an 18-pointer. His father-in-law and hunting companion stated it had 19 points. Either way, it was impressive.

The Millvale Monster weighed 250 pounds, reside weight, and dressed out at 197.eight pounds, like the heart.

Study the rest of the Millvale monster story right here.

The cliff-jumping deer

Courtesy of Robbie Nickels

Courtesy of Robbie Nickels

Robbie Nickels and his daughter, Kristen Nickels pose with the deer that Robbie shot on Lasell Island on Nov. 15. The deer plunged off a cliff into Penobscot Bay and Robbie swam out to retrieve the deer.

Final year, Robbie Nickels of Searsmont knocked our socks off with a story about the deer he bagged when hunting on Lasell Island, which is five miles off the Maine coast.

The deer had provided him the slip for 4 straight years, but Nickels outwitted the buck when bowhunting in 2018.

That does not imply the hunt was simple.

The deer jumped off a cliff into the chilly Atlantic, and Nickels had to swim out to attempt to retrieve it. Then it swam away once again.

Nickels ultimately got his buck, just after hours of work.

Study the entire saga right here.

A 282-pound buck

Neal Web page of Palmyra is no stranger to hunting good results — he as soon as bagged a buck that weighed 231 pounds, but in 2015 he took an even larger deer and was pleased to inform the tale to any one who would listen.

Courtesy of Neal Web page

Courtesy of Neal Web page

Neal Web page of Palmyra poses with the 10-point buck he shot on Oct. 31, 2015. The buck weighed 282 pounds, field dressed (but like the heart and liver).

The buck weighed 282 pounds, field-dressed, and sported a 10-point rack. Its neck was 34 inches about.

Immediately after that, Web page welcomed every person to his yard to take a appear at the deer.

“Everybody was whooping and hollering,” he stated. “I make homemade jelly and jam and pickles, and they was placing the pickles to ’em. They had a lot of enjoyable. Everyone had a lot of enjoyable.”

Study a lot more about Neal Page’s monster buck right here.

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