Joe Edlund has spent much of his days as a sportsman perfecting his talents as an archery hunter. During most of the deer hunting seasons he tags an animal for the freezer and another for the wall.
On Nov. 1, however, Edlund outdid himself in the latter category when he shot a massive 16-point buck.
“I have not personally seen the deer but, based on my experience, I would venture to say that we will see a deer like that in this area about once every five years,” said DNR conservation officer Stacey Sharp who patrols southern Beltrami, northern Hubbard and parts of Clearwater counties.
“To shoot that deer with a bow and arrow really makes it unusual. In terms of a firearms kill a 16-pointer in this area is something special. But archery-wise, shooting a deer that large is a very big deal,” Sharp added.
In recent years the City of Bemidji has offered a special archery hunt targeting deer near the Bemidji Airport. Edlund received one of the 25 tags for this year’s special hunt, and on the afternoon of Nov. 1 he was stationed in his tree near a swamp.