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Lucky Hunter Harvests 'Cactus Buck' in North Carolina

This North Carolina hunter harvested the buck of a lifetime.

A Johnson County hunter harvested the buck of a lifetime during the early archery season. Chris Carter shot what is being called the "Cactus Buck" while he was bowhunting Sunday morning.

Huge congrats to my brother today on his cactus buck taken by bow this morning in Johnson County, NC. I know he was more than thankful and blessed to have this opportunity. What a beautiful and unique deer.

Posted by Chad Carter on Sunday, October 1, 2017

There is likely something wrong with the deer's hormones since it's still carrying velvet this late in the year. Similarly, the buck produced some very unique drop tines that are extremely rare. The hormonal variation, if that's what is causing the unique head gear, could be caused by damage to the testicles or head. Without fully analyzing the deer, we just don't know.

One hunting's best qualities is the mystery of not knowing what you'll find in the woods. Yes, hunters utilize trail cameras and can have a pretty good idea what's frequently in the area. However, there's always a chance of being surprised.

Whether Carter knew the buck was in the area or not, we don't know at this time. But either way, this was a special buck and a hunt he'll remember for the rest of his life.

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Lucky Hunter Harvests 'Cactus Buck' in North Carolina