The 10-pointer was already dead. The 14-pointer, unable to unlock its antlers from those of the smaller deer, would surely have died. But the deer wasn’t quite ready to meet that fate when Minnesota conservation officer Greg Oldakowski showed up.

“He was all full of fire yet,” Oldakowski told the Star Tribune. “There was no way I was going to get close to him. He was thrashing and throwing that 10-pointer around like a rag doll.”

An expert marksman, Oldakowski pulled out his pistol, took aim, and shot two tines off the dead deer, freeing the big 14-pointer. “It was really nice to see him go,” he said.

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