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23-NOV-2010 Hank v/d Velde

20101123 027 SERIES - White-tailed Buck, smaller 10 pointer SERIES.jpg

Old Quarry Trail

Previously, I posted images of The Boss Buck displaying some superficial injuries, most likely resulting from a fight with an other buck.

Presently I'm posting five images of an other 10 point, but much smaller buck with significant injuries. I assumed that these injuries resulted from a fight with The Boss. Others have suggested that the injuries to the body may have been caused by a bullet or an arrow passing right through the buck, just below his spine. In addition to the injuries to the body, one of the primary tines of the buck's right rack has also broken off. I suspect that this was also the result of a fight with The Boss; however, it could also have resulted from the rack getting tangled with branches during a hurried escape from poachers.???? Any comments from persons more experienced in these type of injuries are appreciated since I have never seen a gunshot or arrow wound passing through an animal.

PS. comments from several people and discussions with local sources suggest that in fact the body wound is indicative of an arrow passing through the Buck's body. Since the Buck resides in a large conservation area where no hunting is allowed, it is most likely poachers caused the wound.

Top Image: The buck appears quite apprehensive and scared. A large open wound can be seen just below the buck's spine near the middle of its right side. The buck is constantly licking this wound.

Close-up of the right-side wound.

Left-side wound , about the same height as the one on the right, but closer to its shoulder.

Close-up of the left-side wound. There appear to be some gouges which one might expect to be caused by the rack of an other buck. They are not too clear however and could simply be blood stains.

Head shot showing the missing/broken-off tine on its right rack.

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fotabug20-Nov-2012 17:29
Oh that poor fellow! Too many unskilled hunters out there now! Our woods I now avoid during hunting season because of that. I don't want to get shot at!
Stephanie28-Jul-2012 11:26
Incredible series Hank! It's amazing to think that this buck has survived this serious wound (for which I'm happy)!
Thanks for sharing this link with me!
slhoornstra22-Jun-2011 04:00
A horror. Man is determined to kill the planet and thus, himself. V
Dennis Swayze27-Nov-2010 13:34
Great captures Hank...just sad to see such a beautiful animal with that sort of injuries.
Cheers !
marko gregoric27-Nov-2010 07:30
Fantastic. Realy documented series. V.
Jean D27-Nov-2010 01:03
Thanks for sharing these very sad visuals, Hank!
Colin Storey26-Nov-2010 19:36
Great report, I sincerely hope that this is not the result of hunting and that the buck lives to fight again.
jychamberland26-Nov-2010 15:18
very well document story Hank!
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal26-Nov-2010 13:56
Mooie serie Hank, niet zo leuk voor het Hert!!
CM Kwan26-Nov-2010 12:08
Wonderful series, Hank! V
silvia marmori26-Nov-2010 12:05
a great register you made..
then, not that nice if they were hunters..
Marjan Schavemaker26-Nov-2010 11:20
That must have been a real fight, Hank, interesting series again! V
Steve Morris26-Nov-2010 11:05
Great story telling Hank - dramatic photos! Feel sorry for this buck. Looks like a fight to me but I'm no expert, I'd have a thought a gun shot near the spine would have caused a massive trauma!!BV
lou_rozensteins26-Nov-2010 10:14
Makes me sad that people are still so keen on hunting these defenceless animals. The series of photographs is great!
January Grey26-Nov-2010 08:08
It's a wonder the poor guy is still upright. Ought to be against the law to shoot innocent animals in the wild. Makes me very sad to see the injury to this sweet buck. Nicely documented, Hank.
Guest 26-Nov-2010 07:40
Terrific series, Hank!Excellent details. A beautiful shot. Well done.
NealyBob26-Nov-2010 04:41
Outstanding series Hank! I think these injuries were caused by another buck. I think he would be dead if he were shot with a gun or a bow~!
Tom Munson26-Nov-2010 03:41
Terrific series, Hank! This looks to me to be man made. I don't think it would have gone all the way trough fighting another buck.
Guest 26-Nov-2010 03:04
Masterful series, Hank.
larose forest photos26-Nov-2010 02:56
These photos are very well done, but they are sad too. I certainly hope the injury isn't the result of poaching, or rather, attempted poaching. This is the downside of a site that is well known for approachable deer. It is illegal to do this in the city on NCC land.
Ted Busby26-Nov-2010 00:54
Well documented series Hank!

Both rifle & bow can & do pass completely through animals.
A quick search of some hunting sites will confirm that.

That is one of the main reasons hunters loose their prey; the inability to track it.

here's one such article.
Jean Chiasson26-Nov-2010 00:38
Nice report bravo Hank
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