Hunting with Ample Hunting outfitters near Gisborne in early March, Bachman and her crew made their way to stag country. Along the way hunting Merriam’s gobblers and shooting their 3-D course, they set up for the spot-and-stalk hunt.
They spotted a massive bull, and then the hunt was on. Bachman got within 35 yards of the bedded stag, waited for it to stand. Unfortunately, it spooked, taking a couple bounds, but it was not enough for the stag to get away. Bachman’s shot was true.
“The stag ended up scoring 474 3/8 (SCI scoring system), which put me No. 1 in the world at the time for stag with a bow for a woman. It also landed me No. 6 in the world overall for an archery kill. However, the world record was broken again last week by another woman, so now I’m technically No. 2 and No. 7. Regardless, I held the record for a while and the fantastic animal will always be a blessing to remember,” writes Bachman on the North American Hunting Club blog, Hardcore Huntress with Melissa Bachman.
I think we’d be pretty happy with dropping a spot with this stag on the wall. –Brian McClintock
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