If you’ve ever seen a picture of a pair of antler-locked deer that died because they were unable to free themselves, you’ve undoubtedly asked yourself, “What are the chance I’ll ever see something like that in the woods?”
If you ask Chuck Baker, a 44-year-old father of three from Nekoosa, Wisconsin, he’d tell you it took him about 35 years of hunting with an average of 50 days a year in the field before he came across his first set of locked whitetails. He never considered himself a lucky person, but said he now realizes how fortunate he was that November day.
Last month, Chuck Baker, 44, of Nekoosa, WI came upon a tragic sight in Illinois that, after 35 years of hunting, he thought he would never see: two bucks locked in combat. But it seemed this battle would wind up a draw for the deer, as one was already dead and the other’s rack was firmly tangled in that of his former foe. After a quick call to the game warden (what would we do without cell phones?), Chuck walked away with two trophies. Eugene Mancl got the full story.