Posted By: REALKILLER
Stumped genetics, but what happened to this one? - 02/26/15 06:51 PM
I have hunted all over Texas and various other states for Whitetails and noticed that there was several different species of Whitetail deer that I was hunting. One species in particular were the deer in the north east Texas area. I've hunted the area off and on for about twenty years. I always struggled to see a large buck in the area. Occasionally I would find some big coffee can sized rubs, but no large sheds or large buck sightings. I saw what I thought would of been a good one, one year late in the evening, but never saw him again. All the younger bucks in the area always have a stunted looking set of antlers. I have often wondered if the bordering interstate served as a gene pool barrier. This causing inbreeding within the herd. I've never struggled seeing quality bucks, like I have in this county. I did kill a buck in the high 160s this year on the lease and he looked just like the stunted smaller bucks, but way bigger. Needless to say I was amazed by his antler size and small 125 pound body. Maybe he broke through the slump. It is a mystery. It went from a low 120s place to high 160s in one hunt. He was only 5 years old and a stud. Maybe the big ones are just ghostly in that area. Has this ever happened to you or someone you know? There are no high fences in the area!