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David Sparks Ph.d Weird buck
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: October 12, 2017

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While talking with member of the Sportsmen’s Spotlight team, Kelly Allen, he revealed that his son Tommy, an avid hunter, was tracking a buck that had a weird looking rack. Kelly and Tommy thought it might’ve been the result of the buck jumping a barbed wire fence and literally being castrated. I talked with Idaho Fish and game chief information officer Mike Demick and asked him if he had ever heard of such a thing. “Yes. I’ve never seen one. I have heard stories of that. We actually had a poaching case of this person who shot this great big mule deer buck that was still in the velvet. It was a nontypical buck with a bunch of weird looking antlers. You have a typical mule deer and a nontypical. This was nontypical with nine points on each side and it was still in the velvet in November. When he got up to field dress this thing it didn’t have any testicles. He could see where they had been but he was thinking it either got hung up in a fence or in a fight. Horn growth and velvet all has to do with body chemicals and hormones. So something happened.”

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