Well the famous “2nd week of deer camp” is upon us and the 2nd weekend is now in the books and it was pretty memorable. It felt like there was not much action even though we wound up getting 3 more deer in the hunting party history. I think that was because all I saw was a lone doe that I jumped going into my stand Monday evening, no shots fired. The weekend produced 2 bucks and one doe, each with some interesting memories created. The bucks made the memory list due to the fact that they were both extremely odd and the doe because of the sad story attached to it.
My uncle Mike shot this odd buck on Saturday morning to start off the strange weekend of hunting.
Then on Sunday mid-afternoon Mike took his 6 or 7 year old son out for a little “Father/Son First Hunt” action and they came upon a doe that was bedded down. They were able to get pretty close to it before it jumped up and Mike shot her as well. Needless to say his son was nothing less than ecstatic about being with dad when he shot a deer, but the oddness just continued. When they approached the deer to gut it out and get it out of the woods, Mike noticed that apparently someone else had already shot this doe and it had been suffering for at least a couple of days with one of her front legs basically just hanging by some skin. It seems that someone wounded this doe in the leg and never found it. The leg was pretty nasty looking and the deer really stunk, almost as if it had started to rot while still alive. I’m sure the leg was badly infected and the deer was miserable, so without realizing it Mike had made a very humane and merciful kill and put a suffering animal out of it’s misery. When he went to skin the deer a couple days later(it was cold enough so that you could leave it hang for a day or two) he found that the whole front shoulder of this doe was very yellowish in color and looked like it was filled with puss. Interestingly enough it seems that whoever wounded it also wounded it in the guts because a big area of meat on her side was also yellow and bad. Poor animal, I hate to see things like that happen. I didn’t get any pictures of this because 1) I didn’t think of it and 2) I think it would have been a touch on the graphic side.
Anyhow, Sunday evening rolls around and produces the oddest buck I have ever seen in person. My cousin Jake shot this buck that evening, take a look. There are two pictures of it, one from each side of the head so you can see the strangeness.
I can’t help but wonder what happened to cause these two strange bucks to have such unique antlers…
Here’s hoping for a productive 2nd week of hunting for the rest of the party and a successful 3rd and final weekend for myself and the party as we close out the season. I will keep you posted on what happens, as it happens.