Two years ago I was visiting my family’s 80-acre property during the dead of winter and stumbled across an antler tip protruding through the deep snow. I started digging and discovered a 2-year-old 8-pointer that probably would’ve been a dandy buck the following fall. He had an old bullet wound and was partially devoured by coyotes.
It’s always a big bummer finding dead deer that haven’t fallen due to a well-placed bullet or broadhead. It’s even more scarring when that deer is a behemoth buck, such as the one NAHC Life Member Jim Woods found a few days ago in southeastern Minnesota.
Here’s what Jim had to say about the gagger buck:
“Today, while I was out checking traps, I came across a huge 15-point buck that was dead. I couldn’t tell how he died, no obvious injury, but his body looked small, like maybe he had been hit by a car and couldn’t eat, or maybe was gut-shot a while back and starved to death. It’s really too bad. I found him about 500 yards from my house.”
(Note: Jim contacted his local conservation officer from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and obtained a possession tag for the buck.)
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