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Since a lot of us are at home now with some extra time on our hands I will tell a bit of the story on this one.
I was hunting with a partner that was along to help me.
We had ridden our ATVs into some pretty remote country on a really old washed out jeep trail that had basically turned into a cow trail. We went for a long hike and did a bunch of glassing but after not seeing much we decided to head back to the bikes and go check out another area. My friend was riding his quad and I was riding my Yamaha big wheel motorcycle. That thing was hard to ride on rocky ground so I really had to pay attention to the trail. My partner was riding ahead of me. We hadn’t gone very far when I heard him yelling something so I looked up and this buck was trotting across in front of us about 75 yards away. We jumped off the bikes and my partner was saying Shoot him! Shoot him!
The buck looked pretty good to me so I jacked in a round and started looking for a place to rest my gun for a shot. By then the buck had stopped on a little ridge about 150 yards away and was looking at us. I could tell he was getting ready to take off because he turned his head to look where he wanted to go then he turned to take a look back at us. I knew I had to hurry and the only thing I had to rest my gun on was my motorcycle handlebars. I got him in the scope and pulled the trigger. I saw something fly off him at the impact of the bullet but didn’t realize what it was at the time. He dropped like a rock and looked like he was stone dead. When we walked up to him we could tell he was still alive but wasn’t really moving. I could see where the bullet had hit the base of the antler and it had knocked the hide loose all the way around the pedicle. The buck apparently had been knocked out cold but by then he was starting to come too. He started blinking his eyes and shaking his head and trying to move his legs so I had to give him a finish shot.
We had to be really careful moving him around and loading him on the quad because I was afraid that antler was going to break all the way off where the bullet had hit.
I later repaired the bullet hole and his antlers are now in one of my chandeliers.