We stopped on the shores of Jackson Hole Lake while kayaking and discovered this weird looking elk skull with non-typical antlers. One side looked normal, but the other side had antlers growing from the frontal skull like a unicorn.
I think it happens when they jump that fence and don't quite clear it sometimes it flipps them over on their head pretty hard. Ive seen a couple shot like that and when you skin out the head you can see where the whole skull plate was broken and healed back in a deformed kind of way making the antlers grow that way.
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...