November 21, 2017

Hunter takes ‘buck of a lifetime’ in Heard County

Michael Selman with the giant buck he killed in heard County last week (Photo: Georgia Outdoor News)

(Franklin, GA) —  A Pike County hunter killed one of the biggest bucks in the history of Heard County Friday morning.

According to a report published Monday by Georgia Outdoor News, 39-year-old Michael Selman harvested the 17-point buck, that he had been spotting on trail-camera photos for the past two years.

“I got in the stand about an hour before daylight, and the wind was right for me to hunt that particular stand,” Selman told GON. “I didn’t see a thing—not a squirrel or anything—until about 8 o’clock.”

The buck walked out into a clearing and presented Michael with a perfect broadside shot as soon as he stepped out.

“He came out of a creek bottom out into the clearcut by himself. He stopped and presented me with a 150-yard shot. He went straight down right after I shot him,” said Selman.

Michael and his friends who hunt on the same lease had hoped the deer would show up at some point. He had named the buck “Sawyer” because Michael’s son, Sawyer, had said he was going to kill the buck for his dad.

In the early 1990s, GON wrote an article profiling the deer hunting in Heard County that was titled “Land of the Giants.”

According to the article, the Heard County No. 1 record buck netted 176 4/8 (typical), and it was killed in 1977 by Jim Richards. The top non-typical buck ever from Heard County netted 185 1/8, and it was killed in 1976 by Dan Attaway.

Click here to read more details at Georgia Outdoor News

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