Deer Hunting

2018 Hunting Log
October 1 - October 30
Michael Bowyer again had to fly in from Utah to become the only successful bowhunter this year.  He took a nice doe from rye patch on October 2.  Chris and Steve were busy building a new house so that surely explains why more deer were not taken.
November 15 - November 30
Great hunting conditions blessed us for early gun season with fresh snow and light winds.  New silent heaters were a big hit.  Nate Jobson started the action by taking a nice doe from Ice House mid afternoon on opening day.  Steve Bowyer followed suit by taking a doe from Rye Patch later in the day.   After two days with no deer taken Ben finished off deer camp by taking his fourth doe from Dave's Blind on Sunday morning. 

2017 Hunting Log
October 1 - October 30
Michael Bowyer had to fly in from Utah to become the only successful bowhunter this year.  He took a nice doe from rye patch on October 1. 

November 15 - November 30
Wind and rain were the dominate factor for gun season.   A few doe were seen and passed and Ed took an unsuccessful shot at a nice buck from Rob's Blind.  For the first time in memory no deer were taking during deer camp.  Luckily Ben broke the drought with a nice doe over Thanksgiving Weekend.         

2016 Hunting Log
October 1 - October 30
         For two years in a row no deer were taken in the early bow season here at Meadowbrook. A number of shooter                      bucks were seen and one was lucky enough to avoid an arrow shot in his direction. Michael, fresh off a plane from                 Utah, took some 60 yard antelope shots only to learn that Michigan whitetails know when to duck.

         November 15 - November 30
         Gun season started out slowly as only Ed, Tom Carey, and Steve were here the                     first few days of Gun Season. The weather was unusually warm with                                     temperatures in the mid 60's Tuesday thru Friday. A lot of does and a few                             shooter bucks were seen but none were taken. Things picked up when Bruce                     Jellison took his second doe in two years from Dave's blind on Friday morning.                     On Saturday the weather took a dramatic change with snow and temperatures in                 the high 20's. Also on Saturday Rob took an interesting 10 point from Carey's                     blind. This deer appeared on the trail cam pictures and can be seen by following                 the 2016 Trail Cam Buck link. On Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend Steve took a                 doe from Rob's blind while listening to Michigan get beat by Ohio State. All in all                 a good day.

2015 Hunting Log

October 1 - October 30
         This is the first year in memory that no deer were taken during the early bow season. Many deer were seen                            including a number of shooter bucks but they eluded the hunters of Meadowbrook. There were two shots taken by                hunter whose name will go unmentioned. The good news in both shots were clean misses and no deer were                          harmed in the making of the GoPro video.

November 15 - November 30
Success came on the opening day of gun season when young Bruce Jellison, after passing on many immature not to mention illegal bucks, was rewarded with the appearance of a nice doe at 100 yards.  After waiting patiently for a good broadside view Bruce made a good shot and the doe dropped where she stood.  Rob was able to experience the feeling that all fathers who sit with their son or daughter feel when their child makes his or her first successful shot.  I am not sure who was more excited Bruce or Rob but it is the kind of experience that makes deer season memorable for all.  Congratulations Bruce and welcome to the family of successful Meadowbrook deer hunters.  

         December 1 - December 30
         Just when we thought this might be a one deer year the second bow season started with a bang. On December 2                 Chris Bowyer took a nice doe with his bow from East Swamp bow blind. The next night Steve Bowyer took a doe with              his crossbow from Cherry Tree bow blind. Of course Steve's was slightly larger than the one taken by Chris.

2014 Hunting Log
October 1 - October 19  

The early bow season saw two successful hunters harvest
a doe.  Michael Bowyer
from Dave's 
Blind on a very rainy October 3rd morning and Steve Bowyer from Rob's blind on October 16.  Steve's doe marked the first deer taken with a crossbow at Meadowbrook while Michael's doe was the second one he has taken from Dave's Blind with his bow. No real good bucks were seen but most hunters have seen some deer while hunting.

October 19 - November 14
Many deer were seen none were taken and none were even in any real danger.  Only one shooter buck was seen and passed - a small 7-point seen twice at Ice House.  Chris and Steve did see and hear three different bucks 
chasing does and grunting on November 7th, the last day of bow hunting before the one week quiet period leading up to gun season.  
November 15 - November 18
This year's group had 11 hunters.  Tom Jobson, John Jobson, Nate Jobson, Steve Bowyer, Chris Bowyer,
Ben Bowyer, Ed Mowinski, Brent Mowinski, Bryce Mowinski, Rob Jellison, and Bruce Jellison made up this year's group. Opening Day and weekend were pretty quiet at Meadowbrook and from all accounts, across the entire area.  Less deer than normal were seen and none were shot by Meadowbrook hunters during the weekend opener.  Bruce Jellison had a chance for his first deer but the nice doe he had in his sights dashed into cover just in time.  A great and lifelong memory was made for Bruce and Rob as well as all at deer camp who enjoyed the telling and retelling of Bruce's story.  We assured Bruce we all had similar stories and that his time would come.  We all hope we are around when it does.  We had to cancel Tom Carey's group the second weekend due to 18" of snow and extremely cold temperatures.  
November 19 - November 30
Thanksgiving weekend saw two does taken from Dave's blind.  The first by Ben Bowyer, to extend his streak to seven consecutive years.  Mike followed a few days later by taking his second doe of the year and his fourth deer overall from Dave's blind.

2013 Hunting Log
October 1  
Opening morning found Chris at Cherry Tree bow blind, Steve scouting from Rye Patch gun blind, Ed in Dave's blind and Brent, where else would he be after last year, at Icehouse.  Chris saw nothing.  Steve saw ten does and fawns.  Ed saw one doe and Brent saw nothing.  That evening Brent saw 2 spikes and another buck at dark, Ed saw a spike horn at Spine Tingler north.  Steve saw no deer at hourglass while Chris saw a nice 6-point right at dark.  No shots were taken.

October 3
Chris went to North Football Field and at 6:30 a beautiful 9 point headed into range.  After waiting about 4 minutes for a good shot to present itself Chris finally got his opportunity.  But as has happened to many of us the shot sailed over top of the deer.  A review of Chris's GoPro video showed the deer actually ducked the arrow by dropping to his knees as the shot was taken.  This was Chris' first miss as a bow hunter.  I wish I could say the same.  That night Chris last saw this buck walking calmly toward Icehouse.   He also saw it, uninjured, from a distance a few days later. 

November 15-November 18 (Deer Camp)
This year's group had 9 hunter's and one apprentice.  Tom Jobson, John Jobson, Nate Jobson, Steve Bowyer,
Chris Bowyer, Ben Bowyer, Ed Mowinski, Brent Mowinski, Rob Jellison, and Bruce Jellison made up this year's
group.  Opening morning many deer were seen and the highlight of this year occurred when 11 year old Nate
Jobson took his first deer, a nice 8 point 
from Icehouse while sitting with his dad John.  Later that evening Rob Jellison dropped a doe from Rob's Blind allowing young 9 year old Bruce Jellison to experience his first successful deer hunt.  At least three other legal bucks were passed up as our hunters want to see the 5 and 6 point bucks grow at least one more year. This was really only a two day hunting camp as Sunday saw torrential rain and 50 mph wind.

November 18- November 30
Tom Carey and his group came in the second weekend of the season.  The deer seemingly disappeared for a few days as they saw no deer while hunting.  The last week was also quite slow but Ben Bowyer was able to extend his 5 year streak to six years by taking a nice doe at the far end of Rye Patch on November 29.

2012 Hunting Log
        October 1  
Opening Morning Chris went to Football Field and saw 6 deer.  Brent went to Ice House and saw 3 deer.  Ed saw nothing at Cherry Tree and Steve saw 2 fork horns and 1 doe from Rye Patch gun blind.  That evening Ed again saw nothing at Cherry Tree,  Chris saw 3 does at Rye Patch East, while Steve saw another fork horn at Twin Pines. The big story is Brent who saw 3 bucks and 6 does from Ice House before taking a beautiful 8 point.

October 2 - November 14
Bow season was fairly slow.  Rainy weekends and some very warm weather in between slowed things down.  The Carey group saw some deer and had some close calls but no shots were taken.  Steve and Chris hunted quite often through the end of October and early November with no deer taken.  Chris started drawing a few times but those deer have great hearing.  (A quieter arrow west has been purchased and installed in his bow.)

November 15-November 18 (Deer Camp)

This year, as has become a revered tradition, Steve, Ed, and Tom Jobson arrived a day early and did all the cooking for this years hunters.  They were joined later on Wednesday by Tom Carey, Chris Bowyer, John Jobson and Nate Jobson. Brent Mowinski and Rob Jellison arrived Friday night to make a solid group of nine hunters.  Few bucks but a decent amount of does were seen this year.  Young Nate Jobson had his first encounter with a shooter buck but the chance was fleeting.  I am sure he is still talking about the excitement of it all and hopefully we have hooked a future hunter.  Rob took a decent doe from Rye Patch on a very foggy Saturday morning with the help of his always alert and NEVER SNORING guide Steve Bowyer.  Eddie passed on a 6-point at Dave's blind Saturday night but returned on Sunday night and took a nice 4 point in the thick brush north east of Dave's Blind.  He thought it was the previous night's 6-point as it had three points on the side he saw but alas it only had 1 point on the other. It appeared to be an older deer so it was a good deer to harvest.

November 19- November 30
Ben Bowyer was able to extend his streak to 5 years by taking a nice doe from Rye Patch. 

2011 Hunting Log
October 1  
Opening Morning Chris went to Ice House and saw one deer in football field. That evening Steve went to Hourglass where he saw 3 does and a buck larger than anything in the slideshow below.  (All too far for a shot.) Chris saw three bucks from Twin Pines.  While watching two fight off to the north he was surprised by a shooter that walked down the railroad grade and right through his shot window before he had a chance to turn and get set for a shot.  When Steve drove from Hourglass to pick up Chris he saw five deer in East Swamp and a least ten at Rye Patch.

October 2

Steve went to Ice House Sunday evening and saw  three does and a nice shooter buck.  Passed on a shot at the doe waiting in vain for the buck to get closer.  On the other hand at Rye Patch, Chris had much the same scenario however his buck did get within range.  Chris made a perfect double lung pass through shot at 32 yards.  The deer was easily tracked and found in the woods east of Rye Patch.  The nice 8 point traveled only about 75 yards from where it was shot.  It can be seen hanging above the window seat in the lodge.

October 3-14
Warm weather has pretty much slowed down the deer sightings.  Young Wyatt Holmes did see two spike horns on October 7th but was unable to get a shot at his first deer with a bow.  Hopefully cooler weather is on the way.

October 15-22
Rainy weather limited the number of hunts however Steve did see 5 does walk by at 10 yards while in the East Swamp dug in blind and Chris had 4 does chased around by a 4-point at Football Field.  Tom Carey's group saw some does and one spike over the weekend but no shots were taken.

October 23- November 14
Not a lot of hunting took place.  Chris did see a nice six point at Icehouse and a few spike horns and four points were wandering around.  The only shot was a miss by Steve at at doe at twin pines.  (The sun got in my eyes.)

November 15- November 20
It was a quiet opening week.  Tom Jobson, Ed Mowinski, Tom Carey, Steve Bowyer, and Chris Bowyer were in camp on Opening Day.  Tom Jobson got a glimpse of a nice shootable buck at Icehouse early on the first day.  Chris and Ed saw quality bucks during the week also.  Does were around and everyone saw their share.  The only two shots were taken by Steve.  One at a running coyote and one at a potential 6-8 point way at the backside of Rye Patch.  Where were Rob or Ben when we needed them?  Bruce Rivera, John Jobson, and young Nate Jobson joined us for the weekend.  Again deer were seen but none were in any real danger.  As always it was a very enjoyable deer camp as great friends gathered at a great place make for a great time.  See you next year.

November 21- December 1
Deer became scarcer and scarcer as the season wrapped up.  Ben was able to take a nice doe on Thanksgiving Friday.  Michael sat in the brush and got within 30 yards of 6 deer.   

December 1 - December 31
Muzzleloader season was slow.  Steve did see a 4-point and a 6-point on the first day of the season at rye patch and in retrospect should have taken a shot but he was waiting for a doe that never appeared.  Many hours of hunting not only failed to produce a deer it failed to produce a sighting.  The consensus with area hunters is that there are much less deer than even a few years ago.

Successful 2010 Hunters

Steve's Doe - November 19
 Rob's 5-Point and Doe - November 20
 Ben's Doe -November 27

Successful 2008 Hunters

Tom Carey -  November 15 Chris Bowyer - October 7  Ben Bowyer - November 27 

Deer Killed at Meadowbrook

Gun Hunting Deer Blinds
Cherry Tree

Ed's Shed

Rye Patch

Red Blind

Football Field

Spine Tingler

Ice House

Rob's Blind

North Swamp

East Swamp

Dave's Blind

Bow Hunting Ground Blinds
Cherry Tree

Ice Cube

North Swamp

Hot Corner