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.