We've seen some weird videos of deer this season, with many showing a complete lack of fear around humans, which isn't good. The following video, where a hunter pokes a buck with an arrow, might be the best yet and will undoubtedly leave you wondering if this buck is curious, overly friendly, or downright dumb. Kyle Schwabenbauer, co-host of the television show Wired Outdoors, filmed this incredible footage on the last day of the Pennsylvania archery season. His encounter with this buck on the way to his treestand left him pretty much speechless.
Feel free to pick your jaw up off the ground. Pretty crazy, right? We've never seen a hunter poke a buck before. This buck had a bump on the left side of his head. This leaves us to believe Schwabenbauer's rut-injury theory may be credible.
In 2017, Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks studied 58 bucks to track movement patterns. One of the bucks suffered a life-threatening injury from rut fighting. According to the study, the buck was found "walking in circles and unable to flee" from biologists. An autopsy showed the buck had suffered a severe skull and brain injury.
MSU Deer Lab professor Steve Demarais told the Clarion Ledger the process is called "rut and post-rut stress-related mortality." Bucks can lose up to 20 to 35 percent of their body weight during the rut from fighting and not eating, leaving them vulnerable to infection and predation.
In short, bucks see some [expletive] during the rut. Perhaps this buck didn't blink while getting its antlers rattled with a broadhead because it had developed a thousand-yard stare. We don't recommend you emulate how this hunter pokes a buck with arrows.
This article was originally published on October 27, 2021.
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