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Man Kills Rare 8-Point Doe (Photos)

A hunter went out for a routine hunting trip in Kansas and bagged himself what he estimated was a beautiful buck with perfect 8-point antlers. He snapped a number of photos of himself with his prey, then brought the animal to be butchered. When the butcher looked at the animal, he gave the hunter some startling news.

As it turns out, the deer Chuck Rorie killed was not a buck; it was a doe — a rare doe with antlers.

Rorie, who hails from Monroe, North Carolina, says he realized something was wrong right away when he started skinning his prize trophy. "...I was skinning it I realized something didn’t look right. It didn’t have the right private parts," he explained.

The butcher confirmed that the animal didn't have male private parts for a good reason — it wasn't a buck, but a doe.

It's rare for a doe to have antlers at all. "I think the last number I heard at a scientific meeting was something like one in about 10,000 will have antlers," said biologist Grant Woods. "It’s rare, but it’s certainly going to happen."

Woods explains that does will occasionally grow antlers the way women will occasionally grow too much facial hair. When a female has a little too much testosterone in her system, it can happen and it's not an unheard-of phenomenon.

However, it is pretty rare for a doe to have a full set of antlers. The 225-pound animal had a crown of thick, shiny, strong, solid, 17-inch wide antlers with eight points. Even for a buck, these antlers would have been impressive, but for a doe it was quite an achievement.

This would be the equivalent of a female human growing a beard like Dumbledore, the elderly wizard of the Harry Potter series.

"We don’t have many big bucks," said Rorie, who is extremely proud of his trophy. "So when a guy brings a buck into the processor I’ll be able to tell him I’ve killed a doe a lot bigger than that buck they just shot."

Rorie plans to have the antlers mounted.

Source: Wichita Eagle
Photo: Wichita Eagle, Kansas

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