In a camp owned by Dean Hulce in Menominee County there have been some HUGE changes in the look of the buck poles over the years. His father, uncles and grandfather have hunted in the southeastern Dickinson and west-central Menominee Counties for 6 decades. There have been great years for big bucks, and some slim years too…..hunting is hunting.
In 1988, when Dean started running a commercial hunting camp in this same area, there were few mature bucks to be had. Michigan had implemented a “2 buck” law and most hunters were extremely happy to shoot any buck and if they could fill two tags, all the better. Though a few really good bucks would be seen and fewer taken, most of the bucks were 1 ½ year olds but most hunters were happy. As the attitudes of deer hunters have changed so has the management of private landowners in much of the southern UP.
About 10 years ago Dean implemented an 8 point minimum rule for his 3000+ acres of leases. What has happened has been very impressive. Buck poles that used to be comprised of spikes, forks and small 6 points are now filled with 8, 9 and 10 points. Hunters come back to camp many days excited about passing on 3, 4, 5 or more bucks in hopes of shooting a bigger one.
Dean’s camp is set apart from other camps being run to accommodate paid hunters. Dean and Linda, along with their family members and helpers, do this to try to make the hunters feel like this is their “annual hunting camp”, someplace they can look forward to joining with friends and family each year to celebrate an old fashion UP tradition.
Besides being a great place to come together for a deer camp, the hunting is as good as any in Michigan. From the early youth season, through archery, rifle and muzzleloader, and then again through late archery, you can expect to have a buck of 8 points or better to appear at any time. Not many places in the state have the number of deer and bucks as these leases in central Menominee County.
If you have a desire to join in on a great deer camp and take a good buck, Dean and Linda Hulce’s camp in Wilson Michigan might be just the ticket for you. One of the hunters in this camp was sent there for the first time by his wife. She called Dean one day after watching a segment on Michigan Out-Of-Doors TV featuring the camp. Her husband, Doug, had quit hunting because of not having someone to hunt with and not feeling comfortable on public land. Doug has now become a regular at camp and a great friend to all those that come together each year.
Hunts are available for the September youth hunts, October bow hunts, first and second week rifle hunts, as well as muzzleloader and late season archery hunts. The last day of December can be as good as the first day of October. If you would like to learn more contact Dean at email@example.com. You will not be disappointed.
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