This YouTube clip shows a man sawing off antler tines with a chainsaw, and we're not sure what to think.
This video has been passed around the internet over the last few days, and though we can't say for certain we know the full context, it certainly is something that catches your attention.
For at least as long as you can stand to watch it, that is.
The video, uploaded by YouTube user Albert Coco on Feb. 26, is titled "New Jersey man destroys buck that was shot by another hunter out of spite!"
The video's description goes like this: "New Jersey Land owner denies permission to recover deer (that he was also after) that was shot legally and died on his property, so instead of giving the head to the person that shot it he cut the horns up out of spite!!!"
If that's the truth, this is not exactly staying true to the sportsman ethos.
There are no words spoken in the clip, and not really even much acknowledgement from the man wielding the chainsaw that he's being recorded.
From what we can tell, the buck appears to be a whitetail and has at least five points on one side, and likely the same on the other.
We can't tell from the surroundings where the video was recorded, and are uncertain of the individual's identity or motivation.
Further evidence in the form of a post and photos on the Jersey's BIG BUCKS Facebook Page claim to tell more of the story. The statements in this social media post are as yet unverified.
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Should those photos turn out to be the same deer (and they look pretty close), it can be considered larger than normal for New Jersey's typical deer herd.
Whatever the case may be, this is the sort of thing that gives off a really bad depiction. No matter what kind of hunting you do, whether it's strictly for meat or in pursuit of trophy antlers, there's no denying this is a disrespectful way to conclude things.
If we assume the video description is true, or at least close, then there's something severely wrong with the landowner/hunter relationship in this particular situation. We're not saying any and everyone should have permission to do what they want on land that isn't theirs, but there's such a thing as sportsmanship, and even a little bit can go a long way.
This, by all accounts, seems to be avoiding that practical medium ground altogether.
If this really is a case of hunter vs. hunter, we'd like to know more, but we'd also wish this sort of thing never happened in the first place.