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I have pictures of a shooter buck on my camera with what looks to me like a tumor right at the begining of the chest.
My question is if I shot the buck, is the meat any good? I don't know if deer get cancer like humans, but if so, I really don't want to take the chance of eating deer meat with cancer in them.
IF the meat is no good to eat, would I get a replacement buck tag?
I would like to harvest the buck, is a weird rack, 4 pts on one side and a spike on the other, could I keep the rack if I get a replacement tag.

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Usually those tumors are just the fatty type.They are harmless.Trust me if the meat is tainted you won't have to ask anyone.I have seen only one deer with a tumor that was bad and the tumor was actually a 3 1/2" piece of cedar arrow with a 2 blade head on the end.It was in the deer for enough time to have a fibroid casing form over the foreign body.The deer had gangrene and it was nasty,greenish color and a smell you won't soon forget.
 

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There are a couple does on my property with the tumors. I wouldn't worry about eating a buck that has a tumor on it's skin. Eating an animal that has cancer is not going to increase your risk of getting cancer. They are unrelated...
 

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You will have to forefit the entire deer, horns and all. They will give you a new tag. If the deer is bad the meat will be discolored and should have a really bad odor. My grandfather shot one with ganggreen from an arrow wound. That was the worst smelling thing you could imagine.
 
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