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Bizarre Buck: Maryland Hunter Tags 23-Pointer With Brain Abscess, Hollow Antler

Bizarre Buck: Maryland Hunter Tags 23-Pointer With Brain Abscess, Hollow Antler

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from 2Poppa wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

The Buck is unique and has a lot of character!
Congratulations Mark on a Big Bruiser!

The whole deer was probably infected as there is a case study where 38 pregnant does were captured on a 200 acre commercial hunting preserve, darted and transported 410 miles. Five to 10 days after arrival, several deer developed lameness associated with swelling of one or more rear limbs.

Microscopic examination of the lungs revealed similar lesions in all deer. It was probably caused by stress. Other animals as well can become infected, cows and goats to mention a few.

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from Daniel Ettinger wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

It was probably due to bacteria getting into the skin around the antlers. Arcanobacterium pyogenes is the usual suspect.

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from dobsoncw wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

What a unique story and incredible deer! This will be a story you will be able to re-tell forever. Congratulations Mark!

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from bob b wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

maybe when his antler was busted off it took part of his skull with it. Instead of just knocking off the antler,like when they shed in late winter.

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from dasmith wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Read the whole story, there are 20 pictures. It was caused by a brain abscess. Good that he got it otherwise it would have died from the disease.

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from Bigbass09 wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Since it was a special suburban management hunt and the fact it is recommended that you not eat the meat, was he allowed to take another deer?

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from EpicAwesomeGirl wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

He did the buck a favor.

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from Dale Stallabrass wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I myself would like to know more imformation.this is one subject we all should be aware of,i have the same type of area that is like the described in the article i hunt in. I'm sure this can happen anywhere in the country, so be educated when you go afield.

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from Woods Walker wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I had what I suspect was the same disease situation about 5 years ago in Wisconsin in
August or Sept. I was called in after a buck fawn walked out of the woods and stood on the road right in front of a motorist. The motorist came to a complete stop after which the fawn walked over to the side of the car and laid down right in front of their front driver side tire. It stayed there and would not move even after they got out of the car and were touching it (they had not hit the fawn). They noticed some blood on the head and called us. I walked right up to the fawn, pulled it out from under the car and discovered that the fawn had a large hole in its skull where one of the button antlers should have been. I could see into the brain and it had a bad odor. I wound up putting the deer down after the motorists had left the scene.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

There are a couple of graduate students currently investigating Brain Abscesses at the University of Georgia. For more info on their work, check out the UGA Deer Lab website at: http://www.ugadeerresearch.org/

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from younghunter98 wrote 2 years 8 weeks ago

What a crazy buck to shoot. Since the meat is not safely edible, this buck makes for a perfect life size mount

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from Shane Byrne wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

How did he know that it was a 23 pointer? was there 23 points on one side???

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from JohnnyAppleSeed wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

Crazy story! must have been devistating when he was missing a side. Good thing you found the other side.

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from LesserSon wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

Great looking rack.

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from dobsoncw wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

What a unique story and incredible deer! This will be a story you will be able to re-tell forever. Congratulations Mark!

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from dasmith wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Read the whole story, there are 20 pictures. It was caused by a brain abscess. Good that he got it otherwise it would have died from the disease.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

There are a couple of graduate students currently investigating Brain Abscesses at the University of Georgia. For more info on their work, check out the UGA Deer Lab website at: http://www.ugadeerresearch.org/

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from 2Poppa wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

The Buck is unique and has a lot of character!
Congratulations Mark on a Big Bruiser!

The whole deer was probably infected as there is a case study where 38 pregnant does were captured on a 200 acre commercial hunting preserve, darted and transported 410 miles. Five to 10 days after arrival, several deer developed lameness associated with swelling of one or more rear limbs.

Microscopic examination of the lungs revealed similar lesions in all deer. It was probably caused by stress. Other animals as well can become infected, cows and goats to mention a few.

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from Daniel Ettinger wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

It was probably due to bacteria getting into the skin around the antlers. Arcanobacterium pyogenes is the usual suspect.

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from bob b wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

maybe when his antler was busted off it took part of his skull with it. Instead of just knocking off the antler,like when they shed in late winter.

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from Bigbass09 wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Since it was a special suburban management hunt and the fact it is recommended that you not eat the meat, was he allowed to take another deer?

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from EpicAwesomeGirl wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

He did the buck a favor.

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from Dale Stallabrass wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I myself would like to know more imformation.this is one subject we all should be aware of,i have the same type of area that is like the described in the article i hunt in. I'm sure this can happen anywhere in the country, so be educated when you go afield.

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from Woods Walker wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

I had what I suspect was the same disease situation about 5 years ago in Wisconsin in
August or Sept. I was called in after a buck fawn walked out of the woods and stood on the road right in front of a motorist. The motorist came to a complete stop after which the fawn walked over to the side of the car and laid down right in front of their front driver side tire. It stayed there and would not move even after they got out of the car and were touching it (they had not hit the fawn). They noticed some blood on the head and called us. I walked right up to the fawn, pulled it out from under the car and discovered that the fawn had a large hole in its skull where one of the button antlers should have been. I could see into the brain and it had a bad odor. I wound up putting the deer down after the motorists had left the scene.

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from younghunter98 wrote 2 years 8 weeks ago

What a crazy buck to shoot. Since the meat is not safely edible, this buck makes for a perfect life size mount

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from Shane Byrne wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

How did he know that it was a 23 pointer? was there 23 points on one side???

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from JohnnyAppleSeed wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

Crazy story! must have been devistating when he was missing a side. Good thing you found the other side.

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from LesserSon wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

Great looking rack.

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Mark Hahr could not believe his eyes when he walked up to the big whitetail he’d put to the ground just minutes into his first Maryland gun hunt. Expecting to get his hands on the tall, gnarly rack he’d spotted just after daybreak in his scope, Hahr instead saw a curious sight: A raw, bloody spot where the left antler should be. Thinking he’d shot the antler off, he quickly scanned the buck.

The entry wound was right where he’d put the crosshairs, just behind the buck’s shoulder. His bullet didn’t separate the antler from the deer’s skull, so what did?

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