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Kansas Hunter Bags 27 Point Antlered Doe

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Hunter bags a 27 point doe in Kansas

Everything went as exacly as planned for one Kansas hunter. He was in the right place at the right time — and the deer that a neighbor had told him about showed up. After watching the buck for a short time, the deer finally worked its way through the woods and made itself availalbe for a clear shot. It was about 100 yards away and Mike Smith’s shot was true. The excited hunter thought that he had harvested the buck of a lifetime, a gnarly 27 point non-typical deer with double drops and still in velvet. But as he loaded the white-tailed deer into the truck, he realized that his “buck” was actually a 27 point antlered doe! The hunter told the press:

“When I rolled it over there was nothing male-looking on the deer. I looked at the back end and it was definitely a doe. That was a real surprise.”

Not only was the doe he shot in early December a rare antlered white-tailed doe, but it may end up being the largest antlered doe ever shot in the world. The rack was measured at about 179 inches Boone and Crockett inches as a non-typical. A retired Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks biologist, avid hunter, and official scorer stated, “Doe deer occasionally have antlers. Doe antlers are frequently covered in velvet. Does seldom shed their antlers, like bucks do annually.”

Smith knew a good “buck” was in the area, but he was wrong about the sex. The hunter said, “A guy I know drives by the place I hunt as he goes to work about every day. He told me a deer had crossed the road with ‘two of those hangy-down-thingies’ so I knew there was some kind of non-typical around.” Several little bucks entered the field that afternoon. At dusk he spotted another buck back in the timber. “I immediately saw it had double drop tines. When I looked with binocs I could see it was still in velvet. I couldn’t get a shot at it back in the woods. It sure seemed to take its time coming through a little wooded draw before I could get a shot.”

He figured the strange antler configuration and velvet was because a buck had gotten injured while the antlers were growing, which sometimes happens with whitetails. Smith plans on getting a life-sized mount of the deer with the velvet still on the antlers. He’s hoping the deer gets a lot of attention, and even said:

“I’m not trying to get rich. That’s not why I hunt. I really appreciate it as being a very rare animal and I want people to see it. I think a lot of people will really enjoy seeing it and learning about an antlered doe.”

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