An unusual Roe Buck

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  1. Shavesgreen

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    I took a very close friend out on Friday evening to look for a buck. The stalk started well with a dog fox taken at 230 yards off the sticks. An hour later while stalking through an area of flooded meadow a buck got up in front and stopped at about 60 yards giving just enough time to place a shot. He went 3 yards and dropped. Only when I got to him did I realise just how special he is! Not bad for a first trophy animal......

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  2. Stretch

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    What a unique trophy. Great job. Good for you.
     
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    Very cool!
     
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    Congrats, nice trophy! Where did you get him?
     
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    Nice buck Charly.

    Well done for your hunter, good to see you getting out there.

    Best regards,
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  6. timbear

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    I've seen (and shot) a few, but that one is definitely special. Where and in what country did you shoot him?
     
  7. Shavesgreen

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    Thanks guys!

    He was taken on my home patch in The New Forest, Hampshire, UK. Heads like this turn up every once in a while and are usually caused by some damage or illness but I couldn`t find anything wrong with this buck.
     
  8. spike.t

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    shame you didnt have a german client with you, they would love that head.:)
     
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    I've seen this happen when the antlers were hit in the velvet. The animal can be quite healthy, and might next year produce a perfectly normal set (unless, of course, it meets you or me!).
     
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    He's trying to become a whitetail deer.
     
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    A really odd shape.
     
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    nice trophy one like that would sure be welcome on my wall.
     
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    That's a goofy looking roe!
     
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    I put all my Roe Buck skulls on the wall.
    From the smallest to the biggest :)
     
  16. jepetto62

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    Congratulations!
    I have probably shot way over 50 trophy roedeers and, believe me, this is quite an unusual trophy.
    Since the basis of the antlers look healthy and normal (correct?), I would guess that the anomaly is probably due either to a wound to the velvet, or a bacterial/fungal skin disease on the velvet. I would even suspect that this buck would have a normal trophy next year...
    Abnormal heads can also sometime happen due to deep wound at the skull basis (broken bones), but it is fairly uncommon.
    Again, you are a lucky hunter, some would pay a hefty price for such a trophy. Hope you made a shoulder mount!
     
  17. Shavesgreen

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    The hunter was my good friend, it was his first ever Roe buck. Everything you say above is correct and I would agree with you on this one but I watched this buck last year and he had a similar antler formation. I will wait for a better cape to mount this one, he was a bit rough!!
     
  18. jepetto62

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    Then I stand corrected, interesting!
    Would be nice to check whether the antler/bone connection is abnormal...
    Best
     
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    Here are some more pics of the boiled head. I am open to any explainations for this formation!
     
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    Can not open it, can you repost?
     

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