While we're on the topic of fighting bucks and broken racks, my friend Ron Gehrke, an expert bowhunter from Wisconsin, shot just such a deer this month. Ron's buck approached his stand in a thick patch of red cedar trees that screened the buck's antlers much of the time. "All I saw was a slab body and thick bases," he recalls. "When the buck gave me a shot I took it. When I recovered the animal I just had to shake my head at what a fighter he must have been. He had two tines snapped off on his 'good' side, and on the other side, the main beam was broken off about half way. Later, when I skinned him out, I found 39 puncture wounds in his neck. I just had to laugh; if he was going to keep fighting like that, I probably did him a favor by shooting him!"