Perfectly placed trail camera captures a truly rare sight.
Every hunter knows that deer shed their antlers every late winter or spring in preparation for growing a new set during the warmer summer months.
Plenty of hunters go out and look for and find these cast-off antlers too. Shed hunting is arguably more popular than ever before these days. However, have you ever actually seen a buck shed those antlers?
The truth is most hunters haven't, and they likely never will. After all, this is something that only happens once a year and the odds of it happening while you're watching the animal are slim to none.
Fortunately, there are more trail cameras in the woods than ever before these days, upping the chances of someone catching that exact moment when a buck's antlers become loose enough to fall off. That's the case with today's video taken in Connecticut. This big buck walks perfectly into frame and stops to shake himself dry. This action finally loosens the buck's antlers enough to send them flying, much to the surprise of the buck!
It seems like one or two more videos hit the Internet every year showing this rare moment. It doesn't matter how many times we see this. It just never gets old, especially if you're a die-hard shed hunter who has always wished it would happen in front of them!
One thing we've always enjoyed about these videos is simply watching the reaction of the deer after the antler pops off. Most of the time, they seem genuinely startled when it happens. This buck got a little bit of extra surprise when one of his sides bounced off his back as he was running away.
Still, he's probably happy to be free of the burden of his old antlers. They do seem to bother the animal after a while if they haven't dropped yet. Big thanks to YouTuber Tom O'Reilly for sharing this awesome footage with the world!
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