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This excerpt from a story in the Springfield News-Leader I found astonishing:

Twenty minutes before sunset, (Curtis Russell) spotted the deer among a group of does and one small buck. The bigger whitetail used its antlers to keep the smaller male at a distance.

“I did a 50-yard belly crawl to cut the distance and got to within 175 yards,” Russell said. “I was using a Remington 700 .30-06, and when I took the shot it was a clean hit.”

Now for the biggest surprise in Russell’s 26 years of deer hunting: The buck wasn’t a buck at all. It was a freak of nature, a doe sporting a huge set of antlers. Read the rest of the story here.

(Photos: Curtis Russell)

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