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Old 02-19-2011, 03:43 PM
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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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Old 02-19-2011, 04:36 PM
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WOW. Shame that HE didn't make it.....Atleast you have the rack right?

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Old 02-19-2011, 05:00 PM
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Thats a crazy shed story right there.......
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Old 02-19-2011, 05:10 PM
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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
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Old 02-19-2011, 05:53 PM
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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.
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Old 02-19-2011, 06:57 PM
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That sucks!! I feel for you!!
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:33 PM
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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.

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Old 02-19-2011, 07:42 PM
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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.
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:59 PM
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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
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Old 02-20-2011, 04:01 AM
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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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