There are a lot of big deer in the Maine woods. Hunters prove that every year, as a few tag bucks that weigh in at better than 250 pounds, field-dressed.
There are a lot of deer sporting impressive headgear in the Maine woods, too. The photos I receive each fall certainly prove that.
And when a young hunter fills his tag for the first time … shoots a big deer … and that deer has a once-in-a-lifetime rack? Well, that’s fodder for a column or a blog.
The other day I received an email from Jeff Kuchinski. Or, more accurately, proud grandfather Jeff Kuchinski.
Kuchinski shared a photo of his grandson, 14-year-old Zachary Lane of Milo, with the deer he shot on residents-only opening day, Oct. 27, just a few days before his 15th birthday.
Lane was hunting in Milo with his dad, Jason Lane, and a school pal. At 10:30 a.m., he took this deer — his first — and later posed for the photo you see here.
The buck weighed 221 pounds, field-dressed, and sported a handsome 13-point rack.
Not a bad way to start off your deer hunting career, I figure.