Once again, I'm thrilled to be on the eve of yet another deer season...got the crossbow warmed up and I'm itching to go. However, a visitor came calling the other day with a disappointment. Last season I saw a 1.5 year old buck that had his right antler missing. His left one was intact (had about 3 points or so), but not fantastic in terms of quality. I chalked up the missing antler as due to injury, and he got to walk. The other day, he showed back up for this season...he has 4 points now on his intact antler (again, the intact antler is not great, just so-so), but it's plain to see that the pedicle on his missing antler side is permanently damaged. There's just a brown spot where his antler should be...not even a nub of an antler. He's a 2.5 year old deer now, and I seriously think he will never recover from it.
However, I'm in a quandary now...I would really like for my teenage son to go ahead and harvest this buck, but have no idea if this buck can even be classified as legal, since I'm in an antler restriction county. Can anyone help me with regulation interpretation for an Antler Restriction county when faced with an antler profile like this? Appreciate any words of wisdom you can provide.
AF(Retired)/DV; busted mine to save yours then...bustin' Bambi to save the American hunting dream now!