Rachel Anderson grew up in a hunting family, and has spent plenty of time in the woods with her father, Eric, and her brother, Brady. And she’s had plenty of success over the years, shooting seven deer over her first 14 years of hunting.
On Thursday, Anderson again cashed in, and the 25-year-old West Baldwin woman’s eighth career deer is one she will always remember. Its 15-point rack (with a large drop tine on one side) also earns her family bragging rights, for now.
Appropriately, it was that buck’s massive antlers that first caught her attention when she saw the deer walking over the crest of a hill 60 yards in front of her tree stand in southern Maine on Thursday.
The day dawned cold — about 9 degrees, she said — and Anderson had two deer come in behind her shortly after daybreak. Not long after that, another one approached, but she never got a look. A couple hours after that, things got really exciting as another deer approached.
“This buck came in around quarter of nine. It started walking up the hill. And all I could see was horns when he got to the top of the hill,” she said. “Things slowed down right then. I was like, ‘That is going to be a big buck.’”
The buck stopped — there. And Anderson took advantage of the shot.
John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. Today, he's the Outdoors editor for the BDN, a job that allows him to meet up with Maine outdoors enthusiasts in their...
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