By Scott Bestul
We all know that whitetail bucks run a gauntlet during fall. When they’re not dodging hunters, they’re fighting off rivals, chasing down does, evading predators, not eating right, or slipping past any of dozens of goofy accidents that could end their lives in a second. And once past those hurdles they face winter, when things only get tougher….
Of course summer is supposed to be Easy Street for a buck. What the heck does he have to do but sleep, drink a little water, maybe hit a salt lick, swat some gnats and flies, and pig out on a dozen pounds of forage a day?
As this photo proves, there is no such thing as “the salad days” for a deer. This monster whitetail was found dead last week in southeastern Minnesota, less than 30 miles from my home. As the photo proves, he clearly got tangled in a barbwire fence, couldn’t extricate himself, and won’t have to run gauntlets any more.