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Someone must be sad to have lost this one. My best friend was hunting in western MN for pheasants and his young GSP found this lying near the edge of a swamp. Nothing but the spinal cord and the head were left. An absolute monster. I guess pheasant hunting is good for something.

 

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it could have died from other causes or by a wolf or yote.   any way.  nice buck.  I find a pretty nice buck dead pretty regular during bird season and during turkey season.

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I found this guy last season. His longest tine was about 14 or 15 inches (I don't really know where to measure from). I think it was a bow kill.

 

Seems like I usually find a decent buck or 2 every year and sometimes a pretty good one like this one. He is not the biggest buck I have found.

 

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I’ve found a few dead heads. In Maine by law we are required to call a warden and get them tagged. (Not sheds but skulls with racks) 

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If found near water, may be EHD. A few years ago we found  quite a few dead bucks. Always right next to water. 

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I found one on a Kansas walk-in area while quail hunting a couple years ago that was still attached to a spine but coyotes had already dealt with the rest.  The head stunk something fierce but I lugged it back to the Suburban anyhow as I hated to see it go to waste.  I had intentions of cutting up the antlers for knife scales and whistles but ended up making a euro mount.  It is hanging in my garage covered in dust.

 

I looked up antler scoring and gave it a try. I seem to recall it was around 130 but probably has deductions I didn't figure in.

 

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About 25 years ago a young(er) friend took me to some of his covers in another part of the province. It was a goodly hunt, in fact superb. As we stopped for a drink and a snack we smelled something awful and after investigating a bit we found a larger oat field behind the hedgerow. In that field were dozens of legs, head, necks, gut bags, antlers, etc. ad nauseam, and a couple of moose heads all in various stages of decomposition. In fact we surmised that this was a huge "commercial" poaching operation. Gave us the creeps and after we got back in town, we called the Ranger office anonymously and reported it. I never followed up.

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12 hours ago, DrJay said:

I’ve always live in blacktail country. How old would that buck be (in the original post)?

 

Assuming he died fairly recently I would say around 4.5 years old. I believe that's about when they hit their peak for antler growth. If he was bigger than that when he died then he was one hell of a deer. 

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Dave Erickson

I've found several lost bucks in the field over the years, but none nicer than a heavy 10 pointer just on the edge of Alta Vista, Iowa. (The infamous little town where the meth heads left their dead baby in the swing until it had maggots.)

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In Iowa you need to call the warden and get a tag . Like Brad said sheds and skulls are okay to pick up 

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Years ago I was training with my friend Rod from Ohio. We were at the Barrens (Scotia Range), Pa. searching for grouse. Unbeknown  to us we were working our dogs near a pit where the Pa Game Comm dumped the dead deer from the area. Rod's dog decided to take a swim in that terrible mess. Hid dog smelled as bad as a dog could smell. Fortunately for Rod he  had a dog trailer that his dogs traveled in and the setter traveled back to Ohio in the trailer and didn't smell up his truck.

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