Mike: One day last fall I swear I saw a doe with a small set of fork-horn antlers, but I didn’t shoot. Have you ever seen a doe with antlers?—Steve from MO
Steve, no I have never seen one in the wild, though I’ve posted a few on the blog. According to VA biologists, there are two types of antlered whitetail does. The first is a female deer with velvet-covered antlers like this one. This animal usually has a normal female reproductive tract and is capable of bearing fawns.
The second type is a female deer with polished antlers. This animal is actually a male “pseudo-hermaphrodite.” It has the external genitalia of a female, but has male sex organs internally.
How rare is a doe with antlers? Renowned biologist Dr. Grant Woods told me: “I’ve often heard the number 1 in 10,000 quoted as the frequency of does that have antlers. I don’t know if researchers actually calculated that from check station data, or simply used that figure to illustrate how rare it occurs. Either way, a doe with antlers is a rare event.”
Generally only one or two, if any, are killed each season by hunters in any given state.
Joe sent this photo and asked: Mike, is this the biggest spike you have ever seen?
Joe, it’s definitely one of the biggest. Our research shows that it was shot by Charles Herber III in 2012, and he entered it into the famous Muy Grande Deer contest in Freer, Texas.
The spikes totaled 34 inches! Pretty sure it won the contest’s “longest spike” division that year. What an amazing trophy!
We all need to stand up and thank Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) for putting a hold on Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Obama’s pick for Surgeon General of the United States. A hold is a parliamentary procedure that allows a Senator to prevent a motion (Murthy’s nomination) from reaching a vote on the Senate floor.
As this article points out, Paul wrote in a letter to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada): “Historically, the Surgeon General of the United States has been a position with the purpose of educating Americans so that they may lead healthier lives, rather than advancing a political agenda.”
Murthy’s agenda? Very anti-gun.
Wrote Sen. Paul: “The primary policy goals of Dr. Murthy’s organization (Doctors for America) have been focused on advancing stricter gun control laws… In his efforts to curtail Second Amendment rights, Dr. Murthy has continually referred to guns as a public health issue on par with heart disease and has diminished the role of mental health in gun violence. As a physician, I am deeply concerned that he has advocated that doctors use their position of trust to ask patients, including minors, details about gun ownership in the home. His organization has also advocated that physicians collect and report data on gun ownership to the Federal Government and increasing Federal funding for gun control research.”
“Dr. Murthy has disqualified himself from being Surgeon General because of his intent to use that position to launch an attack on Americans’ right to own a firearm under the guise of a public health and safety campaign,” Paul wrote. “Accordingly, I will object to any unanimous consent agreement or the waiver of any rule with respect to the nomination of Dr. Murthy.”
Thank you Sen. Paul for standing up for our 2A rights.
But alas, I understand that new filibuster rules will allow the Senate to take a confirmation vote on Murthy regardless of the Senator’s objection. This country sure has changed.
I used the Timber Hawk Rut Buster all over the country last fall and was impressed. One of the best daypacks for deer hunting I’ve ever used. Mid-size (not bulky but plenty of space), durable, comfortable (great shoulder straps), lightweight and quiet. Easy to stalk with or haul up in a tree stand and hang nearby.
Some features I like:
–2 small low front pockets, one perfect for rangefinder and/or GPS.
–Small, fleece-lined top slot on back of pack for smartphone.
–Deep main compartment for Scent Killer Gold bottle, spotting scope, lunch, etc.
–Several small inner pockets and slots with zippers for flashlight, grunt call, etc.
–Deep and accessible/adjustable rear pouch for spare coat, rattle horns, etc.
–2 low side water bottle slots.
Top-quality pack and worth the $105, it will last you for years of hard hunting.