A buck named Hop-a-Long

kenton

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I haven't been shed hunting much this spring, I've been much more focused on habitat improvements. I've only found one antler so far but it is from a buck that I have some history with and is a little unique. I got lots of trail cam pictures of him in both 2016 and 2017, saw him last spring during turkey season, saw him 4 days before he dropped a shed this spring, and I saw him during our muzzle-loader season in January. I would take him even though he isn't much to look at but just never cleared enough brush for a shot I was comfortable with.

Here is the shed pic
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A trail cam video from last fall
[video=youtube_share;QTCxua_AnT0]https://youtu.be/QTCxua_AnT0[/video]

Tough little fella.
 

Ben Long

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It's amazing how long those crippled-up bucks can survive in locations without predators. I know one that has limped hard for 10 years -- probably twice the average age of a buck in the population. Very distinct walk and antlers. I supposed being crippled helps him survive the rut and save energy for winter.
 
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