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Posted: 1/6/2013 10:45:43 AM EDT
Damn shame, probably a poacher on my land gut shot it.

Link Posted: 1/6/2013 10:53:00 AM EDT

Link Posted: 1/6/2013 11:08:13 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/6/2013 11:10:25 AM EDT
They do often die on their own without human assistance.
Link Posted: 1/6/2013 11:11:32 AM EDT
Nice find.   My uncle went out hunting today (in the woods on his property behind his house) and found a freshly shot dead buck that had run in from somewhere else.
Link Posted: 1/6/2013 11:15:46 AM EDT
Good looking antlers on that guy.
Link Posted: 1/6/2013 11:23:26 AM EDT
Coyotes sure ate good...
Link Posted: 1/6/2013 11:25:09 AM EDT
I don't think it was chronic wasting nor blue tongue as my property is bordered by a big river so no standing water to drink from. My buddy who was with me is a wildlife biologist for the state and estimated the deer to be only 4 years old. I suspect it's the son of a guy I let hunt there with me and his shitty bow skills.
Link Posted: 1/6/2013 12:25:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/6/2013 2:05:16 PM EDT
What a shame.

The one pic where I can see his bottom jaw sure looks like that deer's pretty young.  Might be 5.5.  Can't see for sure.
Link Posted: 1/6/2013 4:21:35 PM EDT
happens quite often...sucks
Link Posted: 1/8/2013 5:45:13 AM EDT
That would have been a nice one... Sry to hear
Link Posted: 1/8/2013 5:10:50 PM EDT
Damn!!! Hate that for you P08.
Link Posted: 1/8/2013 6:02:17 PM EDT
Too bad the poacher(assuming that was the cause of death) was lucky and didn't get caught. My F-I-L's neighbor shot an 8-pointer during the antlerless hunt last year and got caught driving home by a DNR warden when the glass on his trucks camper opened while driving, exposing the rack. Said neighbor is banned from the property indefinitely, though I don't know what he was fined by the DNR.
Link Posted: 1/10/2013 6:47:09 PM EDT
Found 3 this year on public lands; one dead at least a year and all bones scattered, one with a little more meat than that one, and one gut shot I would guess a week before I found it, chewed on a little bit. 1 spike,  1 4 point and 1 8 point
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 8:29:09 PM EDT
I usually find at least one or two every year; I've never found one that nice though.
Link Posted: 1/13/2013 4:03:56 PM EDT
Doesn't appear the buck tried to find concealment.  Tells me the buck died rather quickly.
Link Posted: 1/14/2013 7:47:36 AM EDT
FYI - Make sure to call in and request an Incidental Kill tag for the head from DNR.
Link Posted: 1/14/2013 9:41:55 AM EDT
Years ago when I was coon hunting 3-5 nights a week I would find a lot of dead deer after deer season.  Most of them had some kind of arrow wound.  I found a couple that had apparently been killed by coyotes.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 3:43:10 AM EDT

Damnit boy what a buck..

I found one with a rack that large  in a borrow pit once,, you could see it had a broken leg that apparently came from a strike with an automobile.. You find a 140 class rack in SC,, that is a rare thing...

I know I'll get blown up for being a dog hunter,, but..

That's one good thing about hunting deer with dogs.. The dogs have tracking collars,,, and they will go and stay with a downed deer... We recover way more deer that would have been lost now with the use of tracking collars and or gps on the dogs...
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 4:53:15 AM EDT
Here's a pair my BIL's hunting buddies found in Texas this year

Link Posted: 1/20/2013 5:01:04 PM EDT

Yeah. That's a real shame. And one hell of a way to die....  
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