Eye gouging

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  1. kybuckbuster

    kybuckbuster 6 pointer

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    Just a quick random thought: I’m shocked that more bucks don’t have eye issues with the sparing and fighting. You’d think it would be commonplace for an antler or tine to dismember an eyeball!
     
  2. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

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    Nature puts the eyes, the antlers, and the animals in the right place, and in many cases probably by less than an inch. Truly amazing.
     
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  3. elkaholic

    elkaholic 12 pointer

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    I have seen several that had eye damage before I quit doing taxidermy. A lot of healed, puss filled wounds in the head and upper neck area too.
     
  4. preachnhunt

    preachnhunt 6 pointer

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    I killed one a few years ago that I thought was blind in his right eye. I assumed he lost it from fighting. I also assumed he was mentally deficient because he let ME kill him! Haha
     
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  5. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

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    maybe the deer know the 3 stooges method to be defensive when eye gouging can occur?
     
  6. mudhole crossing

    mudhole crossing 12 pointer

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    Buck I killed had been fighting. One eye was gouged and puss running out of it. And when skinning when got down to his neck, multiple puncture wounds that were puss filled and oozing. He got his ass whooped somewhere lol
     
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  7. bdbrown66

    bdbrown66 8 pointer

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  8. docbuck

    docbuck 10 pointer

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    I was hunting in Alabama years ago on a 2000 acre ranch a buddy of mine managed. They had cattle and some ag, but one of the only hardwood forests left among all the pines. He and the owner were trying to get the outfitting business going again but they had hogs everywhere and one particular buck that was eye gouging and injuring necks of all the other good bucks. He invited me and said If I killed a hog I could kill a buck for free. Then he said if I killed this crazy buck that was hurting the other ones I could kill another buck for free ( he had lots of pics and a 3 buck limit down there). The first night I saw several bucks 400 yards away, started grunting aggressively. They wouldn’t budge, then suddenly the big 8 with 5 on L and 3 on R came out . After I shot him it was easy to see why he was doing so much damage with a big split brow and extra long time on one side. Next morning I killed a 350 pound hog, and killed a nice eight the following morning. The owner was happy and so was I. I miss that place, got popular as deer lodge again and my buddy no longer manages. I’ll post a pic of this deer later as I am out of the country right now.
     
  9. JDMiller

    JDMiller 12 pointer

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    The perfect buck for me would be .... a 170" plus ...blind in at least one eye...deaf in both ears, preferably limping and have chronic sinus issues.

    I would have no qualms at all in pulling the trigger or releasing an arrow on a buck like that.
     
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  10. Feedman

    Feedman Cyber-Hunter

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    See if you can find two an I will shot the other one
     
  11. wademup

    wademup 12 pointer

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    A friend used to do taxidermy and I helped him flesh and such, he got one in that had a swollen eye with puss in the corner. When we caped it we found the tip of an antler in it's tear duct ! I couldn't help but think how that must felt before it broke off
     
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