Muzzleloader Hunter Wins Potential Record on Public Field in New Hampshire
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New Hampshire’s public lands, with their thick woods and rugged mountains, are not easy to hunt. But Jeremy Martinson chased a favorite spot on public land and learned more season after season until he found the perfect spot.
“I hunted this place for seven years, and at first I was too close to the road and didn’t really see any deer,” says Martinson, 37. “Then, four years ago, I thought I’d better get away from the crowds chasing the agricultural side of the public space, and I headed into the deep woods in search of more. deer and fewer people. “
Martinson discovered a 150-acre clearcut about a 45-minute walk from an access road. He figured the deer were going to lie down around the cutting area and lie down in the woods. It chased the edges of the clearcut as the area grew back into thick shrubs and impenetrable vines. Two years ago, Martinson entered a massive jungle of clear tangles, hoping to see a lot of money.
“I went in the clear cut and the money sign was all over the place – scuffs and scratches,” says the owner of the transmission repair shop. “I jumped a big blow and shot him twice, but I missed. I followed where the deer was running and learned that on the other side of the clearcut was a choked area near a steep ravine. It was a natural funnel, and the deer that went to the clearcut had to go through the spot.
Martinson focused on that area, and this fall he did a scratching simulation there and hung a tree 40 yards away. He hunted the spot six times during archery season, but only saw a small buck and a doe, far from the false scratch.
“Using my binoculars, I knew the scratch was destroyed by dollars,” he says. “I also saw that a big vine hanging over the scratch was broken and thrown aside, which I thought a big buck must have done.”
Opening the feeder by mouth was Halloween, and Martinson chased the place instead of being with his kids cheating. He saw no deer, only another hunter sitting 200 yards away.
“It was depressing to miss being with my kids on Halloween and someone else nearby, but I went back on the afternoon of November 1 and glad I did,” he said.
Just before dark, Martinson heard a loud crash in the wood from something large heading towards the clearcut. There are many black bears roaming the area, but Martinson hoped what he heard was a big nap, not a bruin.
“Anything that crashed through the wood was headed for the clearcut,” he says. “I was really alert and suddenly saw a huge rack go through small pines growing in the clearcut. It was a huge sum, and he walked straight to the fake scratch, tapped it twice, and I shot him with my .50 caliber CVA muzzle loader.
The bullet struck the male full heart, passing completely through the animal, leaving a clear, easy-to-follow trail of blood. The 235-pound male (dressed in the field) fell just 30 yards from where he was shot.
It was well after dark when Martinson and his hunting friends Adam Green and Neil Pendleton started shooting the bullet. Three hours later, they reached their vehicle with the 12-point giant who later scored 166 2/8 inches.
“We’ve never aged the male, but he’s an old warrior,” says Martinson. “The dollar may well be a New Hampshire record for the feeder by mouth when officially marked after the drying period.”