Bag one buck and get buck head free! This was the bizarre scenario that unfolded last Thursday when a hunter bagged what he thought was a two-headed buck, but it turned out to be somewhat different.
A hunter in Ballard County, Kentucky identified as Bob Long took down a buck that had another buck head attached to the head. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources posted a photo of the “two-headed” buck on their Facebook last Thursday.
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Bob Long saw big antlers when he took aim at his buck at a distance, but what he found upon recovery was astounding…
It’s unclear exactly what circumstances led up to this buck’s carrying around another set of antlers and part of a decomposing carcass. Regardless, it was truly a rare harvest!!!
The buck that was shot got entangled with another buck at some point. They locked antlers and the buck had the head of a very decomposed buck attached at the antlers. Sgt. Tony Dunker with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife believes the decaying deer head had been dead for weeks. The two bucks probably locked antlers and the loser may have died from exhaustion or a fatal wound. Eventually, the tissue on the losing deer decayed enough where the head broke from the body. “He packed it around a little while until Mr. Long came along,” Dunker said. One would surmise that it’s tough to pick up chicks when you’ve got a decaying head on your head.
Oddly, this isn’t the first time that this has happened. Back in 2014, a hunter in Kansas also found a deer with the head of another deer that had been decomposing for two months and was attached to its antlers.
Two heads are better than one unless you’re a deer carrying around the rotting of another deer.