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I was bummed yesterday to discover that my target buck for gun season has sustained a severe injury to his front leg. I'm not certain if it's a rifle wound or if he was hit by a car as the left side of his body looks all scuffed up? I'm definitely more motivated that ever to put a tag one him. These pics were from a week and a half ago. It's possible that he could have died already or shed his antlers by now. I think i will try to end his suffering should the opportunity present itself even if his headgear is gone. If I have no sightings or no additional cam pics before season closes I will try do some stomping around in the adjacent brush lot looking for his remains as soon as season ends in early January.  They are resilient animals no doubt, but I don't have much hope for a post rut recovery like this. A sad ending to a nice buck I have 3 yrs of history with...

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hopefully it heals and he doesn't get dogged by a pack of coyotes. deer are pretty tough. maybe hole up with a next to decent late season food and make it through without getting to far worn down. hopefully he heals up. could get smaller antlers for recovering or could get something non-typical going on. we had one with a messed up ankle from the neighbor getting buck fever with a jumpy trigger finger.

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57 minutes ago, dbHunterNY said:

hopefully it heals and he doesn't get dogged by a pack of coyotes. deer are pretty tough. maybe hole up with a next to decent late season food and make it through without getting to far worn down. hopefully he heals up. could get smaller antlers for recovering or could get something non-typical going on. we had one with a messed up ankle from the neighbor getting buck fever with a jumpy trigger finger.

This buck that I'm also hunting at another property down the road had a similar injury. My dad hit him low with a muzzleloader during late season in '21. With the amount of blood he lost we thought for certain he was laying somewhere dead. I had taken down most of my cams by then so I don't know if his leg looked as bad as this other buck's does. He recovered but showed up last yr with a funky antler on his right side, the same side he was hit on which is typical for a deer with a traumatic injury to the front quarters. He grew two normal antler this yr and was still alive as of a few days ago. You can see the bullet wound above his knee...

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2 hours ago, WNY Bowhunter said:

This buck that I'm also hunting at another property down the road had a similar injury. My dad hit him low with a muzzleloader during late season in '21. With the amount of blood he lost we thought for certain he was laying somewhere dead. I had taken down most of my cams by then so I don't know if his leg looked as bad as this other buck's does. He recovered but showed up last yr with a funky antler on his right side, the same side he was hit on which is typical for a deer with a traumatic injury to the front quarters. He grew two normal antler this yr and was still alive as of a few days ago. You can see the bullet wound above his knee...

not sure what he looked like in '21. 3.5 last year and 4.5 this yr you think? buck i mentioned was injured same side as the stunted non-typical side too. wounded at 3.5 and taken at 4.5 but i've known of others that eventually go back to normal and catch up growth wise on the weak side. other buck i'm thinking of made it to 2.5 and by 4.5 he was back to a full growth typical. don't remember if he was taken at 4.5 or 5.5 but he was 150's class deer when he died. bigger than typically seen in this area.

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The buck I got during bow season was missing a rear foot. They really are amazing what they can go through and still make out ok. He would walk with a limp but ran just 20231111_075601.thumb.jpg.dc0f67068497be3411547930cac84646.jpgfine. I first saw him last season and passed him a couple times. I think he was 2.5 then. This year I had a few close encounters with him before was able to get him into range and make a shot.

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On 12/11/2023 at 10:17 AM, WNY Bowhunter said:

I was bummed yesterday to discover that my target buck for gun season has sustained a severe injury to his front leg. I'm not certain if it's a rifle wound or if he was hit by a car as the left side of his body looks all scuffed up? I'm definitely more motivated that ever to put a tag one him. These pics were from a week and a half ago. It's possible that he could have died already or shed his antlers by now. I think i will try to end his suffering should the opportunity present itself even if his headgear is gone. If I have no sightings or no additional cam pics before season closes I will try do some stomping around in the adjacent brush lot looking for his remains as soon as season ends in early January.  They are resilient animals no doubt, but I don't have much hope for a post rut recovery like this. A sad ending to a nice buck I have 3 yrs of history with...

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Man that sucks. I was really hopeing you would get him!share no GIF

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