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Strange event baffles reader.

Dear Bowhunter,

I recently witnessed something I'd never seen before and I wanted to share it with your readers. It was archery season in Wisconsin and I was hunting an afternoon stand in a big maple tree. I wasn't in the stand long when a 6-point and an 8-point wandered into bow range. I made a good shot on the 8-pointer, and he fell within sight. I didn't want to shoot the 6-pointer or scare him off, so I sat there and watched him as he wandered around for 15 minutes, trying to figure out what had happened.

Eventually, the 6-point went over to his fallen partner. When his buddy didn't move, the 6-point backed up, charged, and rammed his antlers into the dead buck. For 10 minutes the 6-point ravaged the fallen buck, working him over from one end to the other. He even went so far as to hook his antlers under the other buck's body and lift him off the ground. Finally the 6-pointer wandered off, I believe with the satisfaction that he had just "whipped" the bigger buck.

I have heard of turkeys doing this, especially when the dead bird is the dominant male in the area, but this was the first time I had seen or heard of deer exhibiting this type of behavior.

Michael K. Benrud, Altoona, WI
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Title Annotation:Between bowhunters: letters from Bowhunter readers
Author:Benrud, Michael K.
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:May 1, 2005
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