I know this has probably been asked multiple times but I am just getting into deer hunting so I wanted to ask you guys.. I was curious if this was a legal deer to take. It looks to only have only side of antlers and possibly an antler on the other side. I just wanted some more info to know if I need to let it walk or not. Any info is appreciated.
The bag limit in this county is two legal bucks, but only ONE may have an inside spread of 13 inches or greater. A legal buck deer is defined as a buck deer with: at least one unbranched antler; OR an inside spread of 13 inches or greater (does not apply to a buck that has an unbranched antler)
From the picture, the "stub" or malformed or stunted Right side main makes him a "one unbranched antler...buck deer...a legal buck in ORANGE County, unless y'all can see "branching" on the right side I don't see...this was a discussion topic before...a broken off main beam...is it an "unbranched antler" once it is broken off...yes I believe it is...and a judge would be hard pressed to convict of an antler restriction offense, based on the "hard evidence", that the skull would provide...you even have photographic evidence that the deer had one unbranched antler...the question can be posited...was it a longer spike that broke off or a branched antler that broke off...what matters is the visual evidence at the time the buck is killed...from no antler at all...to a "bump" to a stub...to a long "stub" to a spike...they all fit the definition of one unbranched antler.
If it has an inch or more sticking up it is legal. I talked to a warden this year concerning a buck that only grows one side, but the missing side has nothing but a bump. He said, "well, hope he breaks off the other side leaving a chunk and he is good to shoot".
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Just call the game warden ask him. You’ll get 2 different answers on here... yes he’s legal or no he’s not.
The isn't any two sides to it. The TPWD handbook is explicit about the restrictions/requirements. And the Game Warden doesn't get to 'decide' what the law is either, he can only 'enforce' it.
The OP has got both answers on here. If he wants to know if it’s a legal deer, send a pic to the the warden and ask. That’s what they’re here for; enforcement of the law and law clarification. Can you honestly tell from that picture if it’s a spike or broke main beam?