This wildly-entangled buck was one of the most shocking harvests of Cameron Maurer’s hunting career, as his photo clearly shows.
It’s one thing to spot and arrow a 9-point buck. But imagine that buck showing up with a hard tangle of hay bale twine, fencing, and nylon rope embedded into their antlers, skull, and skin.
“I was watching him feed on turnips and hit a licking branch when out of the corner of my eye this buck stepped out into the open on the south end of the food plot. So I did a double take as I noticed something unusual in his rack,” 33-year-old Maurer tells Outdoor News of his fall buck.
“I put my binoculars on him and realized he had a whole mess of fencing wrapped around his head. Upon closer examination, I recognized the deer as a split G2 buck that my brother and I had trail camera pictures of, and was one that definitely had some potential to grow into a nice buck,” the Redwood Falls resident continues of the white-tail below:
Sadly, Maurer could tell the deer was not acting normal. “He was breathing heavy and didn’t have any interest in feeding in the plot,” the hunter recalls. His instincts, he says, were telling him the buck was in bad shape. It needed to be put out of its misery.
“I knew I needed to harvest this buck. Letting him walk away meant his certain death was going to be long and painful. After about 10 minutes, he began to exit the food plot heading for the thicket by the river,” Maurer cites. It was there he would take his shot.
Buck Hunter Reminds Fellow Sportsmen to Not Throw Fencing or Trash Out into Wilds
Clocking the buck at 38 yards, the experienced hunter let out a “short grunt,” getting the deer to pause. Due to the mass obstruction on its head and neck, however, he was unable to line up a proper shoulder shot. So he aimed further back, “hoping for a lung shot.”
His arrow shot straight through the deer, and off it bounded. “I sat in my stand for 20 minutes waiting for the after-shot shakes to subside. Eventually, I crawled out of my stand, found the arrow covered in blood, and saw a very distinct blood trail,” Maurer recalls.
It was one of the easiest blood trails he’d seen in all his years hunting. Examining the deer and the entanglement on its skull, Maurer also noticed that the buck had rope strangling his neck and inside his mouth.
“I felt a huge sense of relief knowing I made the right decision and gave this deer the quickest and least painful death possible,” he offers.
To Cameron Maurer, “The situation is a reminder to all citizens to think before throwing fencing or any trash away in an area where these animals live. We can all do a better job of providing great wildlife habitat.”
The Minnesota hunter says he’ll get plenty of venison from the harvest. He’s currently working on having the buck mounted, too.