So it happened.

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I decided to trudge through the mud this afternoon and hunt. I had a couple of cameras to move, so I headed out behind our house. I have seen numerous bucks this year, but nothing really good. They all look young and/or scrawny. Even the does look poor, which is surprising with all the acorns and other food. Anyway, I got one camera and put it in my pocket and slowly and quietly continued through the woods. I had to go around a little pond in the woods in order to get to the other camera. I watched a coon “fish” it’s way around the edge of the pond. As I approached the other camera, I picked up my pace. All of a sudden I saw the body of a deer rise up on the dam behind a couple of large cedar trees. Of course I couldn’t see the head, but something told me it was a buck. The he looked at me. Appeared to be the largest buck I have seen this year or close to it. He didn’t see me clearly, but slipped slowly over the dam. I waited until I could see his antlers again as he walked around the far side of the pond. I decided to try to take him. Nothing to prop on and he is moving. Boom! He acts like he is hit, but doesn’t run and doesn’t know where the shot came from. I scrambled to a better vantage point. Second shot missed. I think. Again I scramble to see where he’s going. Third shot was the take down one. He was so scrawny that it made his 16 1/2 “ rack look bigger. Ten point with a drop tine. I told my husband that I hadn’t gotten a picture of him on camera. Then I checked the second camera I retrieved today and there he was back on Dec. 19. He was sick though. Never seen back bone and no meat on hindquarters like this. Eyes matted up. Pus coming from a spot in his head. Does it sound bad that we don’t want to eat this meat? I hate to waste anything, but these deer don’t look like they normally do....in years past.
 

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If I wasn’t confident the meat was “clean” there’s no way I nor I’d have my family eat it.

May can have it tested somewhere with all this cwd commotion.
 

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If I wasn’t confident the meat was “clean” there’s no way I nor I’d have my family eat it.

May can have it tested somewhere with all this cwd commotion.
I would have it tested, and would not eat it.
Your health and safety is more important
 

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nice buck !

eyes matted up and puss oozing out? that deer has an infection, and there is no way i would eat it .
 

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Rack looked larger because his body was so small. (Yep, here come the excuses.) Took samples to MWFD freezer today.
 

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Yep, I dont think I would eat him either. I think GTK is right about infection . Let us know what you find out.
 

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Yep, I dont think I would eat him either. I think GTK is right about infection . Let us know what you find out.
I’ll let you all know. Some of you know I like to boil the skulls and paint them (it’s a girl thing I guess). Anyway, after getting the tissue samples out, I continued to skin the head. I found this maggot looking worm in the tissue near the brain stem. Then, in between the left eyeball and the socket, I found what I’m almost positive are antler fragments. That might explain the matted eye and the pus coming from that side of his head. There was no fresh (or even old) wound. It still doesn’t explain his severely emaciated condition. I’ve killed quite a few deer and don’t ever remember one looking this bad. Spine and hip bones protruding. I’m attaching pics of the maggot and the antler fragments and also of his eye lenses. Why? I just thought the lenses looked cool. Oh, I measured again when I wasn’t rushed and he’s 17” and the drop tine isn’t a drop tine, but a completely separate antler.
 

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Good Grief!!! That looks like a nasal deer bot larvae but I have no clue how it made it to brain stem or if that even occurs. Never heard of such. But I guess if there was open wound they could survive in there also.
 

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Good Grief!!! That looks like a nasal deer bot larvae but I have no clue how it made it to brain stem or if that even occurs. Never heard of such. But I guess if there was open wound they could survive in there also.
Stickers I was digging around that area where I got the brain stem sample from. It’s highly like that I could have pullled it from the pharyngeal area onto the other surface if that would make sense. Wish I had photographed it before I removed it. I just know it surprised me to see it.
 
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