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KYDeerHunter03 02-19-2011 03:43 PM

Found my target buck dead
 
Went out shed hunting a few days ago and caught a glimpse of a pile of deer hair. Curious I went and checked it out and what I found about made my heart fall into my stomach.

I had this buck on my trail cam for most of the season and last time I had him on camera was well after rifle season so I was excited he survived! It stinks he didnt make it, meat was still very fresh on the carcass so I assume it was just a tough winter for him.

Rough scored him at 154 2/8.....any guess on age?


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BigBuck95 02-19-2011 04:36 PM

WOW. Shame that HE didn't make it.....Atleast you have the rack right?

BB

rlpsystems 02-19-2011 05:00 PM

Thats a crazy shed story right there.......

DocD 02-19-2011 05:10 PM

I don't think a deer like that (in it's prime) died of natural causes, i would suspect an archer, or a poacher. I am sure glad you were rewarded with the antlers. Do a European mt and post some pictures. Should make a wonderful memory. Doc

timbercruiser 02-19-2011 05:53 PM

I'm guessing 4 1/2 or 5 1/2. You can always get a taxidermist to put another cape on him if you want it mounted.

White-tail-deer 02-19-2011 06:57 PM

That sucks!! I feel for you!!

JW 02-19-2011 07:33 PM

Say - I noticed on your pics it appears that buck has a growth on his brisket!

To me it looks like a tumor (the lunp) I see occasionaly on dogs.

JW

ihookem1 02-19-2011 07:42 PM

Bucks will rut themselves almost to death, fight till they are hurt and can't get well enough to live through winter. Happens all the ime up north.

Bocajnala 02-19-2011 09:59 PM

I noticed that bump on his chest too. COuld that possibly have anything to do with it? to bad you couldn't get him, but at least you got a good piece to remember him by, heck of a buck
-Jake

Habitat86 02-20-2011 04:01 AM

Yeah it is hard to say what happened to him. Some factors would be proximity to roads and other hunters. It was a very tough winter. Don't think you guys got the 6 inches of sleet/ice that we had up here, under another 6 in of snow.

I would say 5.5 yrs., maybe 4.5


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