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Antler theft

I pulled into a hotel one night on my way to the mountains for a hunt. Two gents where unloading. I could tell they were hunters and had been in the mountains awhile so I strolled up and aked if they done any good. Just being neighborly. They looked at each other then me, and asked why? I said just wondering sorry to bother ya. As I started to walk away they apologized and recounted how they had killed a nice bull only to have someone steal it from their camp as they where trying to fill their second tag. Needless to say, they where pretty tight liped about their other successes. Anyway, we talked a bit and went our seperate ways. the next morning I got up and went to my truck and I see these guys so I wave. They motion for me to come over so I do, and guess what. Someone had broke into their truck in the night and stole their gear. Talk about bad luck. I have no tolerance for thieves. Cut their hands off I say.

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Antler theft

thats below the the bottom for sure..

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Location: Middle Tennessee
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Ive got a friend that shot a big 12 pt when he was like 15 and his grandfather paid to have it mounted and once he got it back it was eventually stolen by someone in the family or someone who had been in the house before. It makes me sick someone would do that. This was a very nice deer. Probably 160-170" class

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Antler theft

Just this weekend a friend of mine bowed a 4x4 Blacktail. Before it collapsed it ran onto someone private property.
He went to the house and asked if he could retrieve the deer and was refused access. The owner of the property said. "It's mine now"

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Location: Colorado
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bitmasher wrote:
Yuppies don't hunt so they just pay a lot to for one "pre-mounted".

That's the problem. There is a fairly substantial market out there for mounted antlers and the bigger they are the more money they go for. That's why people are willing to steal someone else's antlers... because they can make big money off of them. So, in that sense, I can easily understand why someone would steal someone else's antlers.

What I don't understand is why this market exists in the first place. Why would someone pay thousands of dollars (sometimes TENS of thousands of dollars!) to be able to display a big set of antlers? Are they telling their friends that THEY are the one who bagged the animal? Or do they just like having a trophy hanging on their wall, even if they did nothing to get it except write a check? That's the part of it that I really just don't get.

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Location: Nova Scotia
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Antler theft

Well said Don!

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Ya but look at all the other company that buy them and make chandeliers and other stuff outta them they are nice but it makes people that are looking for atlers do anything to get them not to mention i was at place that makes those last years and in one shed there was more atlers then ive seen all together in my whole life plus probably what half of us out here have seen like i mean thousands of sets so you gotta think sometimes why people make markets like this and where they get all those racks.

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Most of those chandeliers are reproduction antlers where they take an original rack and make a fibreglass form out of it. They can then make antlers to their hearts content.

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oh these werent repros. Or atleast they didnt look like it

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They may not have been but I have seen the repros and they are hard to tell apart.

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