Trophy Bucks Locked

I got an email the other day of two trophy bucks that got locked up when fighting and I thought I would share them with everyone. I don’t know the source of these photos other than the name on the email but they are some cool pictures. I just hate it when trophy bucks get locked like this and can’t get free. If you like deer hunting as much as I do you don’t want  trophy bucks like these  to die  by being locked together. At least they were able to free the buck that was still alive.

Lucky deer. Another day it would probably been dead.

Trophy Bucks Locked Up

trophy bucks fighting get hung up

During the whitetail rut trophy bucks often fight and get their antlers locked and are often unable to get loose.

On November 6, a relative, Dona Viereck, called to tell us that she was driving to Canton , South Dakota and had seen a buck in the distance with his head down. It wasn’t moving, and although she honked the car horn repeatedly, he wouldn’t raise his head.

She grabbed her binoculars and looked at him, and saw that the buck’s horns were entangled with those of another one, which was dead. So she called us and asked if we wanted an adventure — untangling the animals! Well, we went, pronto!!! I took my camera and we walked right up to them.

They were tangled in an old fence line just east of a golf course, where some railroad tracks had been. The live buck was on the high side, and the dead buck on the slope. The other buck had been dead for 2 or 3 days, we estimated.

locked trophy big bucks

Big Bucks can get their antlers locked so bad that they can’t get apart without someone helping them.

Terry attempted to break a point off the dead buck’s rack with his pliers, but couldn’t. He tried turning the dead buck’s head but the other one just became more frightened and started backing up.

The live buck had the bigger rack – a 5 x 6. The dead buck was bigger bodied and looked to be an older deer. It had more “stickers” on its rack. The now scared buck eventually got out of the fence, and out in the open. Terry pulled an old post out of the fence line and used it to try and pry the racks loose, but it didn’t work.

two bucks hung up from fighting

During the whitetail rut bucks often fight and can get their antlers locked so bad they can’t get free.

We finally decided to go to a friend’s house in order to borrow his chainsaw, but then we thought something quieter would be better, and so got a hacksaw instead. Terry sawed the main beam on the dead buck and then other one was free! The buck didn’t realize this for probably 30 seconds or so. When he did, he started striking the dead buck in the face repeatedly. He finally raised his head a little, and then a little more. He stood there with his head held high looking at both of us and we wondered if he were going to try charging us too! Then he turned and ran off rather wobbly. He went a short distance, lay down briefly, and then got up and took off in the direction of the Big Sioux River .
-Terry and Sherry Bolding

At least they were able to finally free the big buck and he will live to see another day. I hate it when whitetails get locked together when fighting and they end up dying. Great job Terry and Sherry!


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Deer Hunting Buddy Public Hunting

Well I just had to share this video with everyone. I think I got a new deer hunting buddy.

Deer Hunting Buddy

deer hunting buddy

This is my new deer hunting buddy.

My three year old son Noah and I went down to camp to get my portable stands out of the woods, and we had a great time. We had a blast even though we didn’t see any. It’s the first time I have taken him to the woods with me and I enjoyed every second of it. We had to walk a pretty good way to the stand and he stuck right there with me. We even saw a big bucks tracks. He wanted me to carry him through the woods when it got kind of thick. I have always wanted to have a son to take deer hunting. And I can’t wait until my two boys get big enough to take them deer hunting with me. That is if they want to, I wont push it on them but will take them if they show an interest when they get big enough to go. I think they will both enjoy hunting and the great outdoors as much as their daddy does. My oldest has already asked when I was going to take him with me.

National forest

There are some great public hunting hunting places in Georgia.

I did a post on some public hunting land here in Georgia that is still open to get in  some late season whitetail action. And it looks like I am going to try out one before the season ends. We had planned on going to Illinois but our schedules just aren’t working out to be able to do it. So we are switching to plan B and are going to try to do some public hunting in Georgia. Hopefully we will get some good action on film to share with everyone. I sure would like to be able to go  one more time this year but Georgia offers some great late season bow hunting on public land as well. Maybe we will get lucky and see some big bucks. I wanted to remind everyone to take a child  and get them involved in the great outdoors and you will make memories that you and them will cherish forever.

North Closes Headed South Hunting

south hunting public hunt

There are many places to head south hunting before deer season closes January 15,2009 in Georgia.

Well, the Northern zone has closed here in Georgia but there are still some options available  to do some late season hunts. You can still head head south hunting.

South Hunting

The southern zone is open until January 15, and are still some options available to do some public hunting.There are still many public hunting opportunitys available to do some last minute public hunting. There are some great places open to public hunting if you want to head south hunting and get in some last minute deer hunting. Looking at the regulations I see several places that are open to public hunting. I counted 28 places open to public hunting until January 15 if you want to head south hunting.

Here is the list I came up with in alphabetical order. I hope I didn’t miss any. Looks like there are some great options still out there. Look how many acres are still open, I bet there is little pressure this time of year.

  1. ALBANY NURSERY WMA (300 ac.) Deer-Archery (either sex Dec. 13 -Jan. 15: Sign-IN
  2. ALEXANDER WMA (1300 ac.) Deer Archery (Either Sex): Sept 13- Jan.15: Sign-IN.
  3. BULLARD CREEK WMA(13,900 ac.) Ocmulgee Tract open for Archery deer hunting only: Sept. 13-Jan.15; Sign-In.
  4. CHICKASAWHATCHEE WMA (19,700ac.) Deer Archery (Either Sex) Dec.29-Jan. 15; Sign In.
  5. DOERUN PITCHERPLANT BOG NATURAL AREA (600 ac.) Deer-Archery (Either Sex): Nov. 1-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  6. ELMODEL WMA (1600 ac.) Deer-Archery (Either Sex): Sept. 13-Jan.15; Sign-In.
  7. FALL LINE SANDHILLS NA (876 ac.) Deer Archery (Either Sex): Sept. 13-Jan.15; Sign-In.
  8. FLAT TUB WMA (3,597 ac.) Firearms (Either Sex):Dec 27-Jan. 11; Sign-In.
  9. HANNAHATCHEE WMA (5,600 ac.) Firearms (Bucks Only): Dec.22-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  10. HILTONIA TRACT (500 ac.) Deer Archery (Either Sex): Sept. 13-Jan. 15; Sign-In. Primitive Weapons (Either Sex): Nov. 8-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  11. J.L. LESTER WMA (477 ac.) Deer Archery (Either Sex): Dec. 24-Jan. 7; Sign-In.
  12. LAKE BURTON WMA (CHATTAHOOCHEE NF) (12,600 ac.) Deer & Bear-Archery (Either Sex & Bear): Jan. 3-10; Sign-In.
  13. LAKE SEMINOLE WMA (15,680 ac.) Firearms (Bucks Only): Dec. 22-Jan. 15.
  14. LAKE WALTER F. GEORGE WMA (1,800ac.) Deer Achery (Either Sex): Sept. 13-Jan. 15.
  15. LITTLE SATILLA WMA (18,920 ac.) Firearms (Either Sex): Oct. 18-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  16. MAYHAW WMA (4,700 ac.) Firearms (Buck Only) Jan. 5-15; Sign-In.
  17. MEAD FARM (200 ac.) Deer Archery (Either Sex): Sept. 13-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  18. MONTEZUMA BLUFFS NATURAL AREA (500 ac.)Deer Archery (Quality Buck & Antlerless): Nov. 1-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  19. OHOOPEE DUNES NATURAL AREA (2500 ac.)Deer Archery (Either Sex): Sept. 13-Jan.15; Sign-In.
  20. PAULKS PASTURE WMA (16,600 ac.) Deer Achery (Either Sex): Archery Only Area (Either Sex): Sept 13-Jan. 15; Sign-In
  21. PENHOLOWAY SWAMP WMA (4,269 ac.) Deer Achery (Either Sex): Dec. 8-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  22. RICHMOND HILL WMA (7,400 ac.) Archery Only Areas Either Sex): Sept. 13-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  23. SANSAVILLA WMA (16,867 ac.) Archery Only Areas (Either Sex): Sept. 13-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  24. SAPELO ISLAND WMA (9,000 ac.)Deer Archery (Either Sex): North End-Dec. 15-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  25. SILVER LAKE WMA (9,200 ac.) Firearms (Buck only): Jan. 7-15; Sign-In.
  26. TOWNSEND WMA (10,876 ac.) Firearms (Either Sex): Oct. 18-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  27. TUCKAHOE WMA (15,100 ac.) Firearms (Either Sex): General Hunting Jan. 8-10; Sign-In.
  28. WARWOMAN WMA (CHATTAHOOCHEE NF) (15,800 ac.) Deer & Bear-Archery (Either Sex & Bear): Jan. 9-11; Check-In.

Please be sure to check the regulations for yourself, before you go.

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