I was sitting in my stand today and happened to notice this deer lying in a pile of brush about 50 yards behind me. I've seen him before and even got a shot at him in archery without success. It appears he was shot in the neck just below his right ear. He's been laying there a while. He's a 10 point, 6 on one side 4 on the other.
Sure it was a bullet ? DCNR found a nice 3 year old 8 pt earlier in the year with a hole close to where you're sayin. The WCO took it and had it tested by a local biologist. It died from abscess. They figured it was gored from fighting.
Could be. I'm not certain it was a bullet. It had a hole in the top of its head as well right between the antlers. Could have come from fighting I guess.
It looks to me like it has been there longer than the beginning of rifle. It is hard to tell for sure from the pics. A deer shot right thru the neck would probably not take more than a step or two. That size buck isn't likely to be left laying. I would guess a fighting injury.
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