Virginia Buck W/Massive Antler Growth For May Killed by Car

va buck hit mayAs soon as this picture hit Facebook Wednesday (May 30, 2018) my phone started buzzing. Word was this buck was hit that morning on Route 262 in Augusta County, VA.

Knowing I live in Virginia, people were skeptical and asked me if it was legit. The biggest question was, “That’s a lot of antler growth for May, too much maybe.” Many people thought the picture was from another time and state; some even said it was Photoshop.

I did some digging and found a Facebook post from a lady who said this happened right in front of her that morning and “the air bags deployed and hit the driver in the face…he was pretty shaken up but OK…the deer was beautiful. What a start to our morning.”

A local taxidermist in the area sent me the picture and confirmed it was legit, and a local firefighter posted that he “worked the scene, it’s legit.”

Just got this email: Mike: I run a local tire shop and one of my guys was actually the one that hit that deer on his way to the shop that morning. It messed his Cavalier pretty bad and shook him up for sure. His name is Jeff… He is an avid hunter as well. He would love to see the deer up close after the taxidermy is done. We all would love to see it actually. Do you have any idea what local taxidermist has it? He doesn’t want the deer by any means just a few pictures and to see it up close. 

So, YES this buck roadkill is REAL.

As for that exceptional antler growth this time of year, I refer you to Missouri whitetail scientist Dr. Grant Woods, who told me: “A buck’s rack will show most of its points by June, though tine length is typically less than half developed at this time. Most of the beam length will grow in by late June.

“Those are general rules, but the growth of individual racks varies. Some bucks will show a lot of antler growth early, while others add a bunch to their rack later in July.”

What a beautiful buck that was, and what a damn shame.

Mysterious Wolf-Life Creature Shot In Montana

MT wolflike creatureFrom the Great Falls Tribune: Was it a wolf, some type of hybrid, or a creature that hasn’t been seen in Montana since the Ice Age?

On May 16 a lone wolf-like animal was shot and killed on a ranch outside Denton. With long grayish fur, a large head and an extended snout, the animal shared many of the same characteristics as a wolf; but its ears were too large, its legs and body too short, its fur uncharacteristic of that common to a wolf.

So what was it? At this point, no one is 100 percent sure.

The locals are buzzing about the possibilities. Some think it’s a wolf with weird genetics…others say grizzly cub…or a Dire Wolf, an extinct prehistoric carnivore that some people swear still lives…or even a Dogman, a relative to Sasquatch, a large cryptozoological creature that looks and walks like an upright canid.

The strange creature’s carcass was sent to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services forensics lab in Oregon. “We have no idea what this was until we get a DNA report back,” said a spokesman for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

It could take weeks or months to find out.

(Photo: KXLO Radio, Lewistown, Montana)

Is “Lion Zebra Death Struggle” The Best Taxidermy Ever?

taxidermy cool lion and zebraGot this from a guy who wrote: Mike, don’t know anything about this other than it is cool as hell!

The message with the picture read: “World Taxidermy Championship a few years ago, notice how carefully this was put together…look at each angle and remember, there are no ropes or lines holding any of this up. The Lion is held up by his tail, where it contacts the zebra’s leg, and the entire mount is supported by the zebra’s back leg. Pretty amazing.

And cool as hell.

Oregon: Thrill Seekers Shoot Deer W/Arrows

doe with arrow in neckI saw this picture on Facebook the other day and it ticked me off, so I did a little digging.

KVAL in Eugene, Oregon, reports: “The wounds hadn’t killed the deer, which were seen walking around with the arrows sticking out of their bodies. Biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife worked with Oregon State Police wildlife officers to track down the deer.They tranquilized the animals, removed the arrows and treated the wounds.

“The deer – an adult doe and a yearling doe – showed no visible signs of infection.

“’Pictures of these deer stuck with arrows have been circulating widely in the media and social media, and understandably, it’s upsetting to see,” said Steve Niemela, Rogue District Wildlife Biologist. “We are happy to say the arrows were removed and these deer have a very good chance of survival.’”

“This is not ethical hunting, it’s a twisted act of poaching,” said Zach Lycett of the Rogue Valley Chapter of Oregon Hunter’s Association. “True ethical hunters respect the animals they hunt and are grateful for the opportunities to hunt. We do not stand for these kinds of criminal acts.”

I am going way out on a limb here and saying this vile act was caused by one or two young people, likely late teens to mid-20s, out for a sick thrill. I have reported on these type of incidents many times in the last 20 years–the criminals almost always turn out to be thrill-seeking young men who were not raised as hunters or archers. Why he or they would pull such a cruel act is beyond me, but he/they need to be caught and punished.

Authorities say this is the second time in as many years that deer have been illegally shot with arrows in this area. There is a reward for information on the person or people responsible.

Call the Oregon tip line at 800-452-7888.

Memorial Day 2018: Thank You Troops

va zane me flag 2011Received this note from a loyal blog reader. I could not have said it better myself, and I reprint in honor of all those who serve and have served, and especially to those who gave all:

Mike: A nice blog for the weekend would be a dedication to the REAL HEROES of our country. The men and women that serve and have served in our Armed Forces are owed well-deserved respect and gratitude from us.

“To those who have fallen, you will never be forgotten.”

We WOULD NOT be able to pursue our dreams of freedom and firearms and hunting if not for the men and women that we honor this weekend. Raise a drink during a celebration this weekend and remember our TRUE AMERICAN HEROES.

Amen, God bless our military.

In the photo: On a deer hunt in Virginia, Zane Keen (left), a critical care nurse in the U.S. Army, presented me this combat flag certificate for the work we do to support our troops and veterans through BIG DEER TV and the Veteran’s Outdoor Fund. Zane had flown that flag for me over the field hospital where he worked in Iraq during the height of that conflict. For me, it was the ultimate honor, and remains so to this day.