So the story goes...
One of my buddies was able to connect with a great buck in Kansas early this year. He had called when he got out of the stand and told me that he had shot a big 10 and the shot felt good. They were going to give it some time and head back out, he would keep us updated and send pictures when they found him...
Well, I never heard back from him that night. The next morning, I got a text that they trailed him into some tall grass and saw where he had bedded, so decided to pull back out for the evening and return that morning. They were headed back in.
About 1:00, I got the dreaded text that the blood trail was gone and they were setting up a grid system to search. The deer had gone into the neighbors, but they had permission to cross. The search didn't yield a buck though.
There were a couple of locals that they are friends with, so they shared the story and told them the last spot that they had seen blood and told them the direction that the deer was going. He was confident that it was down, but just couldn't find it in the grass and brush.
One of the locals lives close to the farm and has permission to shed hunt the property that the deer entered. This guy isn't a hunter, but loves looking for sheds. Few people go on the property, as the owner lives in CA and it isn't hunted, so this guy was the best chance.
Well, last weekend my buddy gets a text of a picture of his deer head and antlers. The local had found it about 70 yards from where they had last blood
He was excited and glad that he would at least get the antlers and at least knew what happened to the deer. He asked the farmer about coming to get the head, but was told that the guy that found it was going to keep it and have it mounted. Basically, since he found it, he felt like it was his
They are still arguing over it and sounds like my buddy might get the deer back, but it is still up in the air.
So...who's deer is it?