View Full Version : What to do? What to do?

December 5, 2007, 08:29 PM
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This is about as easy as shooting fish in a barrel. Sent this to Art earlier and have to agree with him. Both probably would have died anyway if someone hadn't came along. My question is how do you pick which one has the better antlers?

Art Eatman
December 6, 2007, 11:07 AM
If you're only allowed to kill one buck, and they're locked up, I'm not so sure I'm gonna enjoy trying to unhook the one that's still alive.

200 pounds or so of buck in rut and fighting mad? Desparate when a human's smell fills his nose? That's a rodeo I don't want to enter...

I guess I've seen two or three photos of locked horns/dead deer through the years. I forget where, but I once saw a mount where somebody had cut the skull fronts off two locked-horn skeletons.

I guess if I happened on such a scene, I'd kill both bucks. They're gonna die anyway, and trying to play Good Samaritan is right at Plumb Stoopid.


December 6, 2007, 11:13 AM
I suppose you've got to kill 'em both. Those are big bucks, and you'll get yourself hurt trying to untangle the remaining live buck. Then I suppose that what you should do is to call a game warden and explain what happened. I would hope that you'd be allowed to keep one buck, the state would keep the other buck, and hopefully you wouldn't get a ticket.

Art Eatman
December 6, 2007, 11:21 AM
In Texas, whitetail bucks have always been at least a two-buck deal. :) Look at all the walking that's saved!

December 6, 2007, 12:15 PM
I guess to be "legal"...
Nail the biggest one.
cell phone ... call a buddy to come and shoot/claim #2.:cool:

EDIT: All alone with the game warden over the next hill... I might attempt antler surgery a la .308.
Shoot the base of the dead one's antler after the live one gets tired (and still)... I don't eat the brains or the antlers.

December 6, 2007, 05:22 PM
I'm surprised that the wolves or coyotes haven't taken both of them.

December 6, 2007, 05:26 PM
Yep. Find a buddy with a tag for #2 - they'd both die without being harvested anyway.

Sidebar: My buddy was at the check station this year. Kid comes in (with his dad). Dead buck. Big one too. No bullet holes in deer. One antler shot off. Evidently the shock from hitting the antler traveled down into his brain and killed him - or likely, some part of the skull from the shock fragmented into the brain.

December 6, 2007, 05:53 PM
The humane thing to do would be to kill both of them.

December 6, 2007, 06:01 PM
A friend emailed me the .wmv file this morning. They shot one of the bucks with an arrow. Movie ends before they show what happened to the second buck.