PARIS - Max Matijczyk, of Newago County's Barton Township brought in a deer head at the DNR check station in Paris on Wednesday.

Matijczyk said he shot the buck on Oct. 16 during the Independence Hunt. He's a disabled veteran.

It was a six-point buck. He's been hunting since then but hasn't had success although he has been seeing some deer.

He struck it rich on Oct. 16.

"I was sitting on my front deck and I shot it from off my front deck," he said. "I've seen quite a lot of deer off my front deck. This is the first time I saw this buck."

Matijczyk said the biggest buck he's shot in Michigan has been an 8-pointer.

He avoided commenting on whether or not there's a lot of bucks out there.

Another hunter who came to the station was 75-year-old Cliff Elliott from Hersey who shot his 8-point, 3-year-old buck in Mason County. He shot it 9 a.m. on opening morning. He was at a deer camp with some friends. But he didn't realize his buck was out there until he shot it.

"About four does past through and then he came out," Elliott said. "I had to wait about five minutes and then the does moved. That was the story."

It was a 50-yard shot. Elliott had one shot from a 30.06.

"It went about 70 to 80 yards," Elliott said, adding he found it right away.

It's the biggest buck he shot in his 60 years of hunting.

"It's starting to get to be work now," Elliott said. "I missed one year (of hunting) from being in the hospital."