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Surprise and shock out shed hunting!!!!!

I went out shed hunting this past Thursday for the first time this year. I didn't find any sheds but what I did find I was really shocked at. I have been out in years past and just haven't seen these numbers. I saw at least 10 dead deer in a pretty small area. This is on private property that sees light to moderate pressure at best. Seven of these were last years fawns with only one of them being a button buck. The yotes had eaten on all of these. There were 3 adult carcasses. One was a 1 1/2 year old buck still in tact which I was hoping would make it a few more years. He had split brows and was a 5x4. I will include some pics of him. I did not see any wounds on him, but I am wondering if maybe he was gut shot. His stomach area was opened and messed up but the yotes hadn't got to him yet. I am guessing he was probably dead about 1 month. Then there was an adult doe carcass. The one disturbing thing that really got to me was a large bodied buck without a head. This was an obvious sign of a poacher I would say. It also got me to thinking. Do you guys think those other deer could have been the work of a poacher as well with all of these carcasses being in such a small area? It might have been about a square 1/4 mile area.

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That's pretty shocking,

That's pretty shocking, alright.  I wouldn't think winter kill would be that high and why so such a high rate or mortality in such a small area?  Doesn't make sense to me either.  I would contact the state department of game and let them know.  If it is from natural causes, even if unusual, they would probably want to know anyway.  And, if your intuition is right, poaching is involved they most certainly need to know.

So much for a light hearted day of shed hunting, eh.

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  I fully agree here that the

 

I fully agree here that the DOW should take a look at this.  Can you tell if the backstraps were removed on any of them?  If so and the one headless carcass - I'm thinking a poacher is nearby.

 

 

 

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I'm definitely checking into

I'm definitely checking into it. I will let you know how it goes.

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Wow, that would be very

Wow, that would be very disconcerting to say the least.  Nice buck too. I wonder what it was.......

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