Injured Neck Buck

Buck With Gruesome Neck Injury Showcases the Whitetail's Toughness


Whitetail deer have an incredible will to live. This is something almost all hunters know. However, every once in a while we see a video of a deer defying the odds that makes our jaws drop. That's the case with an incredible piece of footage shared by Drury Outdoors on Instagram recently. The footage was shot by staff member Brandon Quandt and shows a big buck with a rather unusual neck injury. In the video, the buck hops a broken piece of fence and then walks through a cornfield. There is a notably large gash on the buck's neck where it connects to the front shoulder. The rest of the animal's cape seems to be hanging in shreds around the buck's neck.

In truth, the deer looks like he was mangled by a serial killer in some horror movie. It makes us wonder just what could have caused such a horrific injury, and more importantly, how on Earth is this buck still alive and acting somewhat normally?

If you are wondering why the hunters did not mercy harvest the animal, Drury Outdoors explained in a comment that it is because the animal was filmed from a distance, the hunters weren't sure what they were looking at. The buck was also not in the plot very long and the hunter and camera man did not figure it was a horrific wound until it was too late for a shot. Most hunters would likely put this animal down on sight thinking he was coyote food. I know I would have.

Seeing footage like this, you would be forgiven for thinking the animal likely did not survive the winter. However, in the video's description, Drury Outdoors notes this buck defied the odds and survived for two more seasons after this footage was taken. In fact, they note the buck appeared completely healed in trail camera photos the following seasons. It was later found dead by someone on a neighboring property. Still, that is two more years than we would have guessed!


The only real question is what caused the injury in the first place. It is not likely it happened during a fight with another buck. Our best guess is the animal was either injured by a combine, or tore itself up escaping from being tangled in barbed wire. The world may never know, but it is a strong testament to a whitetail's toughness.

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