The Gear Head Buck

 

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Robert Hoague
Webmaster Bowhunting.Net

Anybody that’s hung around Bowhunting.net for a number of years may have noticed that I have a soft spot for scouting for and taking pictures of bucks that have unusual looking antlers. It started years ago with a big 6-point with curved over brow tines. And a buck I called the “Freak”. His right main beam had only 3 points but it was outside his ears 8-inches. The left antler had six point and every one grew out of the base of the antler.

When I showed his pictures to the county biologist I was told the Freak was 8 years old.

Lots of people told me to cull him, even the local game warden. I had him scouted out real good too, and was within 20 yards of the Freak many times, but I never drew my bow on him.

And wouldn’t.

I preferred to see him, take pictures, and be a part of his secret world.

But that’s another day, a nostalgic blast from the past. This year I have a new special buck. A few days ago I picked him up with my binoculars in the beginner daylight.

I switched to another ground blind and in a couple of days I saw him again.

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The end of his left antler looks similar to the business end of a wrench. And the way his points grow is kinda weird too.

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Here is a picture of him when he was closer to my photo blind.

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The next morning, as the sunlight filtered through the trees, I saw him again.

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I zoomed in on him tighter so you and I could get a closer look at that rack.

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Ain’t he something. And because he has that wrench looking configuration on the end of his left antler I’m calling him “Gear Head.”

Ahhh yes. Life is good in the deer woods in 2013.

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