Buck’s third antler sprouts from center of its head, unicorn-style.
A Wisconsin hunter has just harvested an especially rare whitetail: a three-antlered monster.
The buck Indiana hunter Brian Moffitt tagged in Bayfield County Wisconsin is already large enough to make most hunters green with envy, but the third antler that shoots out from the center of the deer’s skull just adds to the uniqueness of this trophy.
The Superior Telegram reports this buck was nicknamed the “Unicorn,” for obvious reasons. And it was well-known in the area and seen by many. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Moffitt told reporters. “I’ve got several good bucks back at home, but this is the best one.”
Moffitt lured in the rutting buck with some scents and shot the massive buck with a bow on family-owned property. He thinks the buck could score 160, easily qualifying it for Pope and Young, but he isn’t sure how the third non-typical antler will fit into the score.
While Pope and Young’s website doesn’t specify anything about three-antlered deer, if the club’s rules are anything like Boone and Crockett, Moffitt may be out of luck. Boone and Crockett club has apparently ran into enough three-antlered deer that they have made a ruling where they do not accept three antlered deer into their records system.
“Three-antlered trophies are certainly unique and noteworthy. However, the Records Committee ruled many years ago that such trophies are considered “freaks” and are not eligible for entry in the records program,” Boone and Crockett’s website states. “The fact that a three-antlered animal is not eligible for entry in the records archives does not diminish such a trophy in any way. The scoring system was simply not designed to handle such trophies.”
Still, Moffitt’s buck is an awesome trophy and a buck that is more unique than most other hunters will ever shoot. Moffitt was most excited to share his awesome deer with his father Robert, the original purchaser of the property who didn’t make the trip with Brian.
“We’re a tight family, and we’ve always done things together,” Moffitt told reporters. “I’ve sent him photos already; he’s pretty excited.”