Two-Headed Buck Bagged in Kentucky

   11.20.18

Two-Headed Buck Bagged in Kentucky

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources recently posted some amazing photos on Facebook. It seems a Kentucky hunter got more than he was expecting when he spotted a buck with a passel of antler points and killed the whitetail deer.

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Bob Long saw big antlers when he took aim at his buck at a distance, but what he found upon recovery was astounding…

It’s unclear exactly what circumstances led up to this buck’s carrying around another set of antlers and part of a decomposing carcass. Regardless, it was truly a rare harvest!!!

“Unclear?” Well yes, it’s true we don’t have a play-by-play, but it’s easy enough to figure out. Two bucks were fighting, and their antlers became locked together. This is not all that rare, and hunters have seen numerous photos and videos of rival bucks locked together.

This naturally intensifies their struggle, as they realize they must fight even harder — because now each is bound to his enemy.

In a case like this, we can safely assume that one buck died during the fight, and that decomposition allowed the still-living buck to remove his rival’s head and walk away.

Fortunately, the dead buck’s head didn’t prevent the living one from feeding, though it had to have been quite a burden to carry around.

Taking a buck like this is a hunting feat Mr. Long — and the rest of us deer hunters — will find mighty tough to repeat. Here’s hoping he keeps them locked together when he preserves the moment with some sort of trophy mount.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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