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BGbasbhat
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Sep-19-17, 
12:10 PM (MST)
"Deadhead Bull Find - How it happens?"

All,

Found a big bull kill this past weekend here in AZ on the second day of the archery hunt. Was hiking out of a canyon and found the skull/rack, bones scattered, along with some hide, etc. Stunk to high heaven.

I know there's always the chance he was hurt and the predators got him; but couldn't have been an archery kill, as it stunk too bad and was too early.

- Again, big bull, plenty of teeth, no rack or teeth signs of old age/deterioration.
- Rack was clean, no velvet
- No sun bleaching of rack or bones
- Area stunk like hell and there was still a little hide left
- Couldn't find (didn't look too hard, cause didn't think of at the time) any hints toward kill cause.

Anyway, this is my first deadhead I've ever found; but just wondering if I should suspect anything fishy going on with it. Just seems odd that a big, strong bull like that would've been killed by predators in the last couple weeks.

Seen anything like this? Thoughts?


"...I'd rather be tried by twelve than carried by six..."

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: Deadhead B...  Longun      Sep-23-17   1 
 RE: Deadhead B...  bonecollect...      Sep-23-17   2 
  RE: Deadhead B...  Wanted      Sep-24-17   3 
   RE: Deadhead B...  YBO      Sep-25-17   4 
  RE: Deadhead B...  BGbasbhat      Sep-25-17   5 
   RE: Deadhead B...  nontypical      Sep-27-17   6 
 RE: Deadhead B...  cosmic_cowb...      Sep-27-17   7 
  RE: Deadhead B...  BGbasbhat      Sep-28-17   8 

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Longun
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Sep-23-17, 
06:10 AM (MST)
1. "RE: Deadhead Bull Find - How it happens?"

got his butt kicked during rut...

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bonecollector777
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Sep-23-17, 
10:08 PM (MST)
2. "RE: Deadhead Bull Find - How it happens?"

Always a chance someone tried wacking one early before the season. But don't give anymore info if you did pick him up because you could get in trouble if caught with it.

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Wanted
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Sep-24-17, 
08:47 AM (MST)
3. "RE: Deadhead Bull Find - How it happens?"

I'd bet he got gored by another bull in a fight.

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YBO
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Sep-25-17, 
06:44 AM (MST)
4. "RE: Deadhead Bull Find - How it happens?"

Picture?

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BGbasbhat
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Sep-25-17, 
08:50 AM (MST)
5. "RE: Deadhead Bull Find - How it happens?"

Why would I get in trouble? Again, just out of ignorance here, as I've never even been lucky enough to find a decent shed, much less a dead head

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nontypical
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Sep-27-17, 
12:54 PM (MST)
6. "RE: Deadhead Bull Find - How it happens?"

It's illegal to pick up deadheads in some states.

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Sep-27-17, 
04:53 PM (MST)
7. "RE: Deadhead Bull Find - How it happens?"

I have found Bulls dead from a battle with another Bull it happens. Also found two Bull dead with their antlers locked. Think the big one must have broken the neck of the smaller one then drags him around until he died also.
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BGbasbhat
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Sep-28-17, 
12:11 PM (MST)
8. "RE: Deadhead Bull Find - How it happens?"

Ahhh, thanks all. Just read into it a bit. Guess I'll give them a ring, but hope I don't have to go back up there to find the spot again!

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