MBA members John Loper (left) and Dwayne Ensign recently took 2 fine mature whitetails while bowhunting in North Dakota.
Joining John and Dwayne was Michael Bowman. Please see the details of their bowhunt below in Dwayne Ensign's own words as he shares their bowhunt with our bowhunting community. Congratulations go to John and Dwayne and thanks for sharing your good fortune with our bowhunting community.
"John Loper, Michael Bowman and I bow hunted the northern Great Plains for whitetails the week of September 18-23. John and I were successful on September 21, which was the fourth afternoon of a six day hunt. We were set up approximately 200 yards apart in a transition area from bedding to feeding areas. My buck stepped out at 6:15 PM and I slipped an arrow through both lungs from 22 yards. He ran 30 yards and dropped. I was hunting from a well hidden lock-on stand about 25 feet high. John shot his buck from a ground blind at 19 yards just before 7:00 PM. His arrow entered behind the shoulder and deflected upward where it lodged solidly in a vertebrae. Amazingly, the buck was still able to run nearly 100 yards before running out of gas. My buck has 8 points, an 18 inch spread, weighed 230 lbs., and was aged at 5 years or older. John's buck has 13 points, a 14 1/2 inch spread, weighed 215 lbs., and was estimated to be 4 years old. We saw some bucks with bigger racks, but both of the ones we shot were mature, and we are very satisfied with them. The best part of the hunt was the peace and quiet. We had minimal cell phone coverage making the trip a very relaxing one" .
If you would like to share your bowhunting experience with our bowhunting community, please contact our MBA Web Master at firstname.lastname@example.org and send your story and pictures of your harvested game. Please include the following information if possible.
Information requested on your harvested animal/animals for MBA Web Site Publishing.
1. Full Name of the Bowhunter.
2. Hometown of the Bowhunter.
3. Date of harvest
4. Animal Harvested (Whitetail, mule deer, elk, turkey, etc.)
5. Location of the harvest (State, City, County etc.)
6. Morning or evening hunt.
7. Shot distance.
8. Distance animal traveled.
9. Number of points (if applicable).
10. Interior Spread of Antlers (if applicable).
11. Animal age and weight (live or dressed weight) if known.
12. Shot placement. (heart, double lung, etc).
13. Estimated P&Y Green score (if available).
14. Equipment used. (Bow brand and model, arrow shaft, broadhead, sights etc.)
Joe R. Bumgardner, M.D.
MBA Web Master
8 Countryside Road
Starkville, MS 39759