Two Different Wisconsin Hunters Take Locked Bucks

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It's somewhat unusual to report on a hunter taking a pair of locked antler bucks. However it appears that this happened at least twice in Wisconsin this year with two separate hunters. The first is Jon Christian of Montello Wisconsin, has his story and amazingly a before and after video of the locked bucks. Apparently Jon's brother-in-law's trail cam happened to record the bucks fighting and he didn't discover the video until after Jon legally took both bucks.

Christian had no idea what to do so right there in the middle of the woods he called the DNR. He says, "She goes do you have a violation to report and I'm like no I'm trying to prevent a violation."

The other hunter is Rodney Hurst of Hixton Wisconsin. In his case one of the bucks was already deceased upon happening upon the pair. Like Jon he also called the DNR to get permission to legally take the pair. The Jackson County Chronicle has the story about Rodney.

Lifelong hunter Rodney Hurst couldn’t believe his eyes when he was out hunting north of Alma Center Nov. 2. He was standing on the edge of his friend’s cornfield at about 3 p.m. that afternoon when a slow-moving 10-point buck emerged from the field. “I couldn’t see anything out of the ordinary until it got closer to me, and then I noticed it was dragging (another buck),” said Hurst, 32.


jim boyd's picture

Great tale for sure - but

Great tale for sure - but this happens more often than you think.

I have heard of personal instances of this from friends 4- 5 times over the years and we are such a small slice of the hunting public - I would think the chances of this happening are pretty high.

In SC we have no limits in my area - so it would be very legal.

I do know of at least two instances of this where my friends actually managed to release at least one each of the bucks.

In one case, one was already deceased and in the second case, the buck was not dead but he could not move and was euthanized.

It is likely that the one that was released perished also - I read an aticle one time about stress and deer - they can not get rid of it and often die as a result of instances like this... has something to do with acid in the blood or something perhaps??

There was also a post on here recently about three bucks that got locked together and drowned... now there is a sight!

At any rate, it has not happened to me... I have never even seen a buck fight in progress - so I have not been faced with this moral and ethical dilemma!


ecubackpacker's picture

It's pretty unique to hear

It's pretty unique to hear about one set of bucks locked together in a season, but to hear about two in one state, that's fascinating.

Awesome! I'm glad the two hunters were able to keep their trophies to get mounted. They were better at thinking on their feet than I would have been. I probably would have shot the deer and then thought about calling the DNR. But, there again, I don't think there are any issues about keeping two bucks in the part of the state I hunt.

I have noticed, in the past, people talk about having to get a permit to possess the carcass and antlers of a naturally deceased deer. I don't think that is required here. That's why I would have shot the deer first, then called DNR. I'll check into that law to see what is required to possess a carcass.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

That is an amazing thing to

That is an amazing thing to see in the woods, I bet.  I wonder how often this happens in nature and we actually just never find them.  They get locked, and then just die off and are eaten and carried away.  Sad but neat at the same time.

2 for 1 Amazing

I would say whats the odds but in Wisconsin it appears to be pretty high.  I haven't been that lucky to be abel to pull that off.  In Tennessee anyway you can only shoot one buck per 24 hours in my area anyway, so I couldn't pull it off if I tried.  I did have a friend recently that had 2 locked up like that.  A monster 12 point and a decent keeper size, 6 pointer throwing down.  He took aim at the big boy and just as he pulled the trigger they shifted and he dropped the 6 instead.   Off ran big boy to play again another day.  Apparently I need to spend more time in the woods cause I seem top miss on all of these once in a lifetime events.    Or maybe just move to Wisconsin. 

hawkeye270's picture

That is very neat! I am a

That is very neat! I am a little bit surprised that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources let him take and keep both of the bucks. That is the right game warden to deal with in that situation. I think there are guys out there (possibly in different states) that would have confiscated the other buck. A lot of times when deer are confiscated the meat goes to a needy family and the antlers get used for educational uses such as hunter education classes. In this case, I am glad that they let the hunter keep the bucks. He obviously did the right thing by contacting the department of natural resources and I think that was a big part of why they let him take both of the bucks. It might have been a very different story if he ended up taking both bucks and then trying to hide it. That is just a very good example of why you just need to abide by the laws and be open and honest if there is a mistake. Most game managers will take care of you if you are honest.

cscott711's picture

That is crazy for sure.  A CO

That is crazy for sure.  A CO found a pair of long deceased locked bucks on a large state game area about a half hour from my house last spring.  All that was left were bones, but the skulls and antlers remained intact.  They were on display at a local archery shop so I stopped in to see them.  One had a drop tine and both were sported very large antlers.  It was an interesting sight to see.