Another of Denney's early season archery clients, Brian Flanagan of San Diego, California, was slightly less lucky last week. He managed to put an arrow in a nice, mature four-point, but the deer ran off. Efforts to find the buck before dark failed, so Brian and Bearpaw Outfitters were back in the field at first light looking for his deer. Blood sign was sporadic, and four hours revealed nothing until the search party jumped what they thought was Brian's buck. Instead, it was a medium-sized black bear that had apparently killed the wounded or dying buck and had eaten a large portion of it. Denney reports the buck's back and lower neck were heavily bruised and bloody, an indication the wounded deer fell to its second unlucky encounter with a predator. They were able to salvage the head and nice rack shown here, along with part of the buck's backstraps, part of the neck, and the rear legs--as well as a memorable hunt.