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#5983420 - 10/18/15 10:57 PM Tumor?
WesTexHunter75 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/31/11
Posts: 411
Loc: Midland, tx
Been watching this deer for 3 yrs now. Noticed that he has a big knot on the side of his head. Do y'all think it's from an injury or tumor? Thanks



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#5983423 - 10/18/15 11:02 PM Re: Tumor? [Re: WesTexHunter75]
Cow_doc.308 Offline
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Loc: Ellis Co.
My first thought would be an abscess.
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#5983425 - 10/18/15 11:08 PM Re: Tumor? [Re: WesTexHunter75]
texasspazzman Offline
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Registered: 10/15/04
Posts: 762
Loc: Freestone county, Texas
If you're out west, I'm gonna guess cactus needle that's infected. Seems pretty common out west where we've always hunted.

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#5983476 - 10/19/15 05:57 AM Re: Tumor? [Re: WesTexHunter75]
stxranchman Offline
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I have seen one buck that developed one just below and in front of one of his eyes very. Looked very similar to this one, except for the location. He did not have it the year before in the TC pics.
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#5983541 - 10/19/15 07:18 AM Re: Tumor? [Re: WesTexHunter75]
don k Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
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Loc: Bandera, Tx
Probably a hematoma {SP} I had a Ibex get one on his shoulder a few years ago. Gets puss and blood under the skin. I talked to the vet. He said to try to graze it with a pellet gun to open it up to drain. Finally caught him and the vet cut it open and drained about a quart of puss out of it. Was fine after that. Said it usually comes from some type of injury or like was said earlier maybe a thorn or cactus.
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#5983784 - 10/19/15 10:14 AM Re: Tumor? [Re: WesTexHunter75]
WesTexHunter75 Offline
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Registered: 10/31/11
Posts: 411
Loc: Midland, tx
Thanks for the replies guys. I hope its just a cactus needle as some have mentioned. Do y'all think he'll be alright? Would like to give him another year or two. Here's some pics of him last yr.





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#5983844 - 10/19/15 10:58 AM Re: Tumor? [Re: WesTexHunter75]
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He'll probably be fine. It will likely rupture out on its own at some point. May leave a scar to some degree.
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#5984297 - 10/19/15 04:22 PM Re: Tumor? [Re: WesTexHunter75]
txbobcat Offline
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Look at the area on this bucks jaw...




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#5984369 - 10/19/15 05:24 PM Re: Tumor? [Re: txbobcat]
don k Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
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Originally Posted By: txbobcat
Look at the area on this bucks jaw...



That is more like he has food impacted in the gum.
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#5984404 - 10/19/15 05:51 PM Re: Tumor? [Re: WesTexHunter75]
JCB Offline
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Registered: 02/06/07
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Saw something just like this in 2004. A guy on the place shot him and when he cut the bulge open it had a small part of a tine from another buck in it that had broken off during a fight.
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#5993661 - 10/25/15 03:57 PM Re: Tumor? [Re: WesTexHunter75]
D-Day Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 08/17/09
Posts: 101
Loc: North TX
I agree with wound infection. Probably a puncture would from cactus or mesquite daggers. Shouldn't be an issue for the deer.
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#5994047 - 10/25/15 07:24 PM Re: Tumor? [Re: WesTexHunter75]
Auctioneer1 Offline
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Registered: 09/03/04
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Could be cactus or a mesquite thorn should be ok. I would just watch him if he stops eating and looking sick take him out.

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