Young huntsman takes two big bucks

Young bowhunter Macol Oliveira with two impressive bucks. —Courtesy Macol Oliveira

Last Friday morning, Macol Oliveira, 17, of West Tisbury took his first archery buck, a nice eight-pointer. Hunting the same stand the next day, a rare piebald buck responded to his call. Macol said he’d encountered the buck on the first day of the season, but didn’t get a clear shot. This time, he hit it broadside. “We tracked it about two miles; I thought my shot was in a better place,” he said. “I should have waited longer; we caught up to it and bumped it, and he took off, so we had to track it in the morning. I was really excited to get a piebald. Only 1 percent of deer have those markings.”

A senior at MVRHS, Macol has already been hunting for 10 years. “When I was little, my father rigged me to the tree in case I fell asleep in the stand,” he said. “I go pretty much every day I can after school, sometimes before. I love it. I usually go with my dad.”

Macol prefers bowhunting, but will use a muzzleloader during black powder season.

He said he has two bucks and three does this season, and his father, Luiz, has one buck and four does.