This is the week of bucks with holes in their heads.
A few years ago in Maryland Jonathan Leith dropped this 8-pointer. The 2 1/2-year-old buck wasn’t big enough for a shoulder mount, so he decided to saw the skull into a European mount.
Look what he found!
Sunk just below the right eye socket and into the honey-combed nasal sinus area was a piece of an XX75 aluminum arrow with a 3-blade broadhead. I figure that arrow was fired into buck sometime the year before because Jon told a newspaper guy: “There was no physical evidence that the deer had an arrow in it. The skin wasn’t broken, there was no pus pocket. The eye appeared to be normal.”
Somehow the buck had broken off the arrow, healed and, miraculously, had no problem breathing, seeing and feeding.
BTW, who took the X-Ray is unclear, but it’s a cool shot.
Anyway, all these holes in the head have jogged my memory. One morning long ago I took a buddy out to my VA lease and put him in a tree stand. I returned for him at 10:00 AM and he said, “I shot one, but I think I hit him in the head.”
“How did you do that,” I hollered. He shrugged. We looked for 4 hours but never found blood.
A week later I bumped into a guy who hunts about a half-mile from that stand. “Damnedest thing, 2 days ago I shot an 8-pointer with an arrow sticking out the back of his skull. The deer looked weak, but he was getting around pretty good. Know anybody who shoots a 3-blade Muzzy?”
“No,” I lied and walked away. But I am glad he killed that buck.