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Old 10-08-2018, 01:42 PM   #1
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I blacked out this deers head and antlers. I am curious what yíall think could have caused the injury and if you think he will survive it. We have three years of history with this buck and antler wise he exceeded our expectations this year. This is the first time we have seen him since March (typically for him). No idea what happened but guessing it is recent as his antler growth doesnít appear to have been impacted by the injury. Hoping that we get a chance at him a n the near future, but he is a smart deer.

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Old 10-08-2018, 01:44 PM   #2
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Yes he will survive it. His leg may not
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:45 PM   #3
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fence, coyote, fighting another buck. could be anything
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:45 PM   #4
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Bullet wound.
No likely. My yotes would get him.

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Old 10-08-2018, 01:45 PM   #5
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I'd say he got hit by a car. My son killed an axis buck once with three broken legs. Bones sticking out. Was an older injury as meat was fine.
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:46 PM   #6
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If he does survive I bet he'll be 3 legged. Leg looks necrotic to me. Mother nature can be brutal!

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Old 10-08-2018, 01:46 PM   #7
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I say no.
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:46 PM   #8
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Looks pretty swollen all the way up into his body... I wouldn't count on him making it thru winter...
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:46 PM   #9
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He's missing a head. No. Even with one I say no.
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:47 PM   #10
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His leg will survive it. But he may not
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:51 PM   #11
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His leg will survive it. But he may not
Say what?????

How will that work?

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Old 10-08-2018, 01:52 PM   #12
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Hit by a car is my guess.
Why the blackout on his head?
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:52 PM   #13
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He will lose that leg, I'd guess.
But when he drops his antlers, coyotes will get him.
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:52 PM   #14
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If the bone is broke, that leg will fall off. His horns may fall off early too. That injury should dumb him down though as he will be looking for an easy meal.
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:53 PM   #15
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Yote bait!
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:01 PM   #16
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I don’t know man, that’s necrotic tissue, if it is infected it could become septic
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:03 PM   #17
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Say what?????

How will that work?

Wow, that would be a sight.
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:07 PM   #18
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Coyotes in our area would have gotten him already. Infection looks to be spreading. I would be surprised if he made it to the cold months.
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:09 PM   #19
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Odds are against him but Ive seen worse make it.. Only time will tell.
Probably a broad head wound..
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:16 PM   #20
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I doubt it, but wouldn't surprise me if he did
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:16 PM   #21
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Any chance that could be a snake bite that had gotten infected and swollen?
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:19 PM   #22
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I'm curious why you would feel the need to black out the deer's head and antlers in a "will he survive" pic?
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:23 PM   #23
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Wow, that would be a sight.


I just had a leg walk right though my shooting lane.
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:29 PM   #24
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Why did you scribble through his head?

What was that thread someone posted last year about taking a deer that previously had both front legs shot off?

If infection or predators don't get him he will survive.
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:29 PM   #25
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I donít know man, thatís necrotic tissue, if it is infected it could become septic
That's what I'm seeing...the darkening tissue has moved up past the injury sight and looks like it's well on it's way to being full blown septic. Either the injury will take him out or yotes.
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:32 PM   #26
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I blacked out his head cause I didn’t want to derail the thread with talks about his antlers. He is an impressive deer and my property is in a populated area. Wanted the discussion to stay on the injury.

Thanks for all the opinions.
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:47 PM   #27
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It looks as if he's soaking wet. Perhaps he has fever and was in a pond/creek? The tissue looks necrotic or is water logged. I have seen some deer like this survive and some have passed. I think you're at a 50/50 ratio. Their will to live is unlike anything I have ever seen though.
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:51 PM   #28
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Deer are incredibly tough animals but that looks pretty infected.
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:54 PM   #29
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:58 PM   #30
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I have had a Three legged buck for 5 years on my place. i crack up every time i see him. Just knew he was coyote bait in 2013. Im covered up with yotes and he still makes it to the feeders then disappears like a ghost.
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Old 10-08-2018, 03:01 PM   #31
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Old 10-08-2018, 03:08 PM   #32
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I blacked out his head cause I didnít want to derail the thread with talks about his antlers. He is an impressive deer and my property is in a populated area. Wanted the discussion to stay on the injury.

Thanks for all the opinions.
I thought he was in some kind of witness protection program.
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Old 10-08-2018, 03:13 PM   #33
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I’ve seen them survive worse injuries...but I’ve also seen them get caught by coyotes too. They are very tough animals, and I think the odds are in his favor, but not 100% sure he’ll make it. Regardless, I would expect it to affect his horn growth next year
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Old 10-08-2018, 03:18 PM   #34
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I thought maybe the head was blacked out so that the neighborhood folks that were feeding him wouldn't recognize the deer........I kid!
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Old 10-08-2018, 03:40 PM   #35
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Not if you use Rage according to some threads.


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Old 10-08-2018, 04:03 PM   #36
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This guy was a constant on my place last season. We have a lot of pictures of him. He was seen live once (from a distance in bow season). Hobbled about and even made the rounds in rut. His injury evidently occurred before antler growth. They are tough animals. Donít count yours out and donít think that he will be any less harder to hunt (if you decide to hunt him).

This guy is a no show so far this summer/fall.

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Old 10-08-2018, 04:07 PM   #37
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deer with 3 good legs are fast. More likely than not he will be fine
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Old 10-08-2018, 04:09 PM   #38
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Honestly it looks like a broadhead through the lower leg to me, probably severed tendons is why he is walking on the top of the foot. Someone made a low shot, may have busted the bone, if coyotes don't get him he will prob make it. I've seen shots like this before and I have seen survivors and non survivors.
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Old 10-08-2018, 04:49 PM   #39
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I had a similar issue a couple of years ago with a buck who had a baseball size hole in his thigh - I could see dry, nasty tissue in his leg with my binos. He couldn't use the leg at all and it was obvious he wouldn't last long and, if the yotes got him, it would be a miserable way to go.
I ate a buck tag on him. He was 3.5, not quite 13" (I was in a non-AR county), and his entire rear left quarter was trash.
If a deer has a broken leg, mal-formed leg, etc. - they can survive just fine. But infections will work their way into muscles, etc. and the deer will become yote bait.
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Old 10-08-2018, 04:55 PM   #40
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It looks as if he's soaking wet. Perhaps he has fever and was in a pond/creek? The tissue looks necrotic or is water logged. I have seen some deer like this survive and some have passed. I think you're at a 50/50 ratio. Their will to live is unlike anything I have ever seen though.
Yeah, he looks wet. Might want to check the nearest pond or creek from time to time. If he dies it will likely be there.
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Old 10-08-2018, 05:16 PM   #41
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He will not survive
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Old 10-08-2018, 05:50 PM   #42
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Yeah, he looks wet. Might want to check the nearest pond or creek from time to time. If he dies it will likely be there.
This picture is about 50 yards from one of our tanks. He has food, water and good cover in very close proximity. All good reasons for him to stay close to this area. We will focus our efforts over the next couple weeks around this area and hopefully get a shot on him.
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:20 PM   #43
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This picture is about 50 yards from one of our tanks. He has food, water and good cover in very close proximity. All good reasons for him to stay close to this area. We will focus our efforts over the next couple weeks around this area and hopefully get a shot on him.


If you kill him please post up pics of these antlers big enough to black out ...

Good luck...
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:56 PM   #44
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If you kill him please post up pics of these antlers big enough to black out ...

Good luck...


I have him at 138 1/2" worth of blackout.
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:10 PM   #45
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We shall call him tripod. Probably out there walking in circles.

I don't think he will make it. Like others have said, infection will get worse and predators will feast.
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:38 PM   #46
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If you kill him please post up pics of these antlers big enough to black out ...

Good luck...
Do you have an opinion as if he makes it or not?
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:44 PM   #47
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His leg will survive it. But he may not
That's funny crap
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:48 PM   #48
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I had a three legged deer hobble by me about 15 years ago. I was rifle hunting and had only a few seconds and I decided to take him because I felt he was suffering. When I got to him his antlers were almost grown together and his leg was missing at the shoulder. The wound was old and healed up. I’m not sure how long he had been like that but I felt a little bad for shooting him. He was a resilient old buck for sure. They are tough.
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:57 PM   #49
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I posted this last year. Killed in MS late season with a rifle. They are tough animals
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:07 PM   #50
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I had this one coming last year, and although he had water and food close to good cover once the rut hit my father in law ended up shooting him close to 2-3 miles from this spot


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