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October 19, 2009

Video: Hunter Shoots Rack to Unlock Bucks

By Scott Bestul

Last year, we ran a photo essay in this space provided by a South Dakota couple who separated two locked-up whitetails with a saw. This turned out to be a neat-and-tidy way of getting the job done that resulted in freed-up deer. But it was not, as many of you noted, a method that was without danger.

Then we profiled the Wisconsin bowhunters who simply—and legally—shot the bucks they found tangled up in a fight. Since they were each carrying tags, there was no law preventing the hunters from filling them with bucks that were, um, otherwise occupied. Though correct under the law, many of you questioned the ethics of killing a free-ranging buck that was, under the circumstances, anything but.

The video above shows a different method of breaking up a fight. What are your thoughts on this technique? Anxious to hear your opinions!

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from RichardF wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Good shot, I am not sure that I would feel comfortable shooting off an antler to free them. My luck one of the bucks would jump and I would shoot the deer.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

The little peice of rack that guys is holding is going to make for a great conversation peice.

Good shot and great job.

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from MB915 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Great shot, when attempting this, better make sure you still have a buck tag incase your not as accurate as this guy was.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Nice shot. That's a whole lot safer than using a saw to free the bucks.

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Nice Shot ... never seen such a thing!
That was probably the most humane effort I have seen someone try.

It seemed to remedy the situation swiftly!

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

great shot,good thing it was caught on video because most people would never believe it

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from thuroy wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Based on the video, I think that was the only viable way of saving those bucks' lives. If you wait until they are calmer they were going to most likely die from exhaustion.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Nice shot and well done. Boy didn't those deer just look wrung out!

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from elkslayer wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I would have just shot the deer and had a friend shoot the other.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

If so I hope you like mankey stew meat. After a bout like that those bucks were all stress hormones and lactic acid.

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from fj40nut@yahoo.com wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Nice Job. That is amazing. To bad the Buck couldn't get a copy of the video. His wife won't believe it either!!!!

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from squirrelgirl wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Poor things but like I told my boyfriend, that's what you get for fighting!

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from Skeeb wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

If I didn't see it, I wouldn't believe it! Great shot made.

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from theoutdoorfever wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

What an amazing video, and an great shot. It's always good to see both deer survive when they get locked up like that.

Matt
theoutdoorfever.com

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from fisherman14 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

That was a good video. That guy must have one good shot to pull that off.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Awesome shot. That guy sets the example for sound judgement and shot placement

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

amazing! good idea thats a trophy in and of itself.

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from Bella wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Great shot and bless that man's eye and triggerfinger! Well done!

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from deadeyedick wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

AMAZING !!! WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF EVER SEEING SUCH A SIGHT ? 10 BILLION TO ONE. I GUESS THAT'S WHAT THEY CALL 'MAKING THE SHOT' SIGH THAT GUY UP TO HUNT BIN LADIN.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Outstanding! That made my day.

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from dave the bowhunter wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

i want to see him do that again,lol

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from Carney wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

And in Washington State I don't think he'd be allowed to keep an antler that wasn't naturally shed...

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from green bird29 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

go shot good thing the animals didnt get hurt or break there necks good job you may have saved the deers life

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from ZackZeigler wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Thats good idea

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

great shot,good thing it was caught on video because most people would never believe it

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

The little peice of rack that guys is holding is going to make for a great conversation peice.

Good shot and great job.

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from MB915 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Great shot, when attempting this, better make sure you still have a buck tag incase your not as accurate as this guy was.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from seadog wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Nice shot. That's a whole lot safer than using a saw to free the bucks.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

If so I hope you like mankey stew meat. After a bout like that those bucks were all stress hormones and lactic acid.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from 86Ram wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Awesome shot. That guy sets the example for sound judgement and shot placement

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from RichardF wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Good shot, I am not sure that I would feel comfortable shooting off an antler to free them. My luck one of the bucks would jump and I would shoot the deer.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Nice Shot ... never seen such a thing!
That was probably the most humane effort I have seen someone try.

It seemed to remedy the situation swiftly!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from thuroy wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Based on the video, I think that was the only viable way of saving those bucks' lives. If you wait until they are calmer they were going to most likely die from exhaustion.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mike Diehl wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Nice shot and well done. Boy didn't those deer just look wrung out!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from fj40nut@yahoo.com wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Nice Job. That is amazing. To bad the Buck couldn't get a copy of the video. His wife won't believe it either!!!!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from squirrelgirl wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Poor things but like I told my boyfriend, that's what you get for fighting!

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from Skeeb wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

If I didn't see it, I wouldn't believe it! Great shot made.

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from theoutdoorfever wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

What an amazing video, and an great shot. It's always good to see both deer survive when they get locked up like that.

Matt
theoutdoorfever.com

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from fisherman14 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

That was a good video. That guy must have one good shot to pull that off.

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from Carney wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

And in Washington State I don't think he'd be allowed to keep an antler that wasn't naturally shed...

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from elkslayer wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I would have just shot the deer and had a friend shoot the other.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

amazing! good idea thats a trophy in and of itself.

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from Bella wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Great shot and bless that man's eye and triggerfinger! Well done!

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Outstanding! That made my day.

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from dave the bowhunter wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

i want to see him do that again,lol

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from green bird29 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

go shot good thing the animals didnt get hurt or break there necks good job you may have saved the deers life

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from ZackZeigler wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Thats good idea

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from deadeyedick wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

AMAZING !!! WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF EVER SEEING SUCH A SIGHT ? 10 BILLION TO ONE. I GUESS THAT'S WHAT THEY CALL 'MAKING THE SHOT' SIGH THAT GUY UP TO HUNT BIN LADIN.

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