This was one of the biggest bucks on our place last year. I had a lot of pictures of him, and had a couple of short encounters with him that never resulted in a shot being fired. I have been running cameras since August, and he hadn't shown up until this past week. I had pictures of him in March and he had broken a couple tines off, along with an ear hanging low. I could tell he was injured. I was worried he was dead.
Here he is healthy, early last season:
Here he is late in the season, notice the ear hanging low and the spot below his right eye, looks like he was injured during a fight and it got infected.
Now, I got these pictures this week. His overall frame is not near as impressive as last year, with his left side being considerably weaker, but he has grown a pretty wicked drop tine. You can also see a swollen lump on the right side of his face where the injury has healed.
Now, all I have to do is hope he doesn't break that nasty drop tine off and someone on our lease can ground check him! Anyone want to take a guess at a score?