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#WhitetailWednesday: 8 of the Strangest Deer Deformities Ever

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Deer Deformities

From two-headed fawns to extra limbs, this #WhitetailWednesday is about to get really weird.

Like any animal, whitetail deer are sometimes subject to nature’s cruelty. As a result, they can end up with some really strange deformities that can make life miserable.

For today’s #WhitetailWednesday, here are 8 of the strangest deformities to have hit the net in recent years.

Underbite/Stunted Nose

Deer Deformities
Missouri Whitetails

A few photos of bucks like this have been making the rounds for a while. People have suggested everything from injuries, to bad genetic traits or down syndrome to be the cause. There are other strange bone structure deformities similar to this that circulate the net, too, some having curved or even crooked nasal structures.

Whatever the case may be, it couldn’t have been easy for this buck to eat. It’s probably merciful that a deer hunter was able to take him.

Antlered Doe

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A few of these female deer seem to pop up every hunting season. Many times the hunters in the area have no idea the animal is a doe until they flip it over to field dress it!

Such was the case with this 222-pound antlered doe taken by Wisconsin hunter Wayne Douville in 2016. Antlered does are usually caused when testosterone levels are higher than normal in a female deer. These deer often have abnormal antler growth, but as we saw in the Douville doe, they can also grow a very normal set of antlers any hunter would be proud to put on their wall.

Deer Warts

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If there is one deformity we’d be glad to go our whole lives without seeing, it’s warts on a deer. Warts, officially known as cutaneous fibromas, usually happen as a result of cuts or wounds. They can also result from common parasites like biting flies or mosquitoes. In any case, bucks are more likely to get them as a result of fighting.

The internet is full of photos of deer absolutely covered in disgusting warts, so it’s more common than you might expect. Wildlife biologists say the meat not covered in warts is safe for human consumption, but we’d still be a little bit hesitant. Sadly, these growths often happen on a deer’s face near their mouth and nose, making life difficult.

Two-Headed Fawn

This stillborn fawn was found in southeastern Minnesota a few years ago and has had biologists scratching their heads ever since. Discovered by a mushroom hunter, the doe chewed through the umbilical cord and licked the fawn clean before she realized it was dead.

An MRI revealed it had two hearts, but shared a liver and lungs. Since this kind of thing does happen occasionally in cattle, scientists speculate it probably happens often in deer populations, but the young deer likely don’t survive long.

It was very lucky that the mushroom hunter was in the right place at the right time to recover this rare find.

Extra Legs

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This kind of deformity is quite rare, but it does happen on occasion. The Quality Deer Management Association says deer with extra limbs coming out of their backs or other areas are likely carrying around a parasitic twin. The deer likely started out as twin embryos in the womb.

But when the embryos don’t separate, sometimes you get a deer with an extra limb or two. The good news is while you get a really weird-looking deer with this deformity, it usually doesn’t prevent the animal from living a healthy life.

‘Sleigh Hoof’

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QDMA

This uncommon deformity is often seen in cattle and even in other deer species, such as moose. However, it’s also seen in whitetails, and it definitely makes for a strange sight when a deer’s hooves grow disproportionately long.

Experts believe this type of deformity is caused by mineral imbalances. The buck in the photo above likely spent too much time eating high-carbohydrate foods at bait piles or deer-feeding stations. It looks painful, but it certainly didn’t stop the buck from growing a big rack.

‘Bullwinkle’ Syndrome

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A few photos of whitetail deer suffering with this rare condition have been making their way to the web in recent years. Obviously, the name comes from the cartoon moose, “Bullwinkle.”. This is what happens when a deer sufferers from a long-term bacterial inflammations in their mouth, nose or lips. These deformities are fairly new phenomenon and the QDMA recommends reporting them to your state wildlife agencies as soon as you see or shoot one.

Because of the bacterial nature of this deformity, scientists have advised against these deer for human consumption. Still, we think we’d have to pull the trigger anyway, if for no other reason than to put the animal out of its misery. This type of thing looks incredibly painful, but fortunately, this condition is extremely rare.

‘Cactus’ Racks

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This deformity is often the result of a buck who manages to injure his genitalia or has some other type of hormonal imbalance. It seems like several of these bucks are shot every year and it results in some of the most abnormal antlers ever seen by deer hunters. In many cases, the bucks don’t even shed the antlers, they just keep growing. Sometimes does grow these cactus racks, too.

Some of these “cactus” racks have actually resulted in some absolutely massive non-typical deer. But current Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young scoring systems don’t accept these deer into their record books. In fact, the clubs have declared more than one deer like this as “unscoreable” due to the freak nature of the antlers.

NEXT: #WHITETAILWEDNESDAY: 25 UNIQUE IDEAS FOR YOUR NEXT WHITETAIL MOUNT

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Deer Deformities

From two-headed fawns to extra limbs, this #WhitetailWednesday is about to get really weird.

Like any animal, whitetail deer are sometimes subject to nature’s cruelty. As a result, they can end up with some really strange deformities that can make life miserable.

For today’s #WhitetailWednesday, here are 8 of the strangest deformities to have hit the net in recent years.

Underbite/Stunted Nose

Deer Deformities
Missouri Whitetails

A few photos of bucks like this have been making the rounds for a while. People have suggested everything from injuries, to bad genetic traits or down syndrome to be the cause. There are other strange bone structure deformities similar to this that circulate the net, too, some having curved or even crooked nasal structures.

Whatever the case may be, it couldn’t have been easy for this buck to eat. It’s probably merciful that a deer hunter was able to take him.

Antlered Doe

Wbay.com

A few of these female deer seem to pop up every hunting season. Many times the hunters in the area have no idea the animal is a doe until they flip it over to field dress it!

Such was the case with this 222-pound antlered doe taken by Wisconsin hunter Wayne Douville in 2016. Antlered does are usually caused when testosterone levels are higher than normal in a female deer. These deer often have abnormal antler growth, but as we saw in the Douville doe, they can also grow a very normal set of antlers any hunter would be proud to put on their wall.

Deer Warts

Deer Deformities
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If there is one deformity we’d be glad to go our whole lives without seeing, it’s warts on a deer. Warts, officially known as cutaneous fibromas, usually happen as a result of cuts or wounds. They can also result from common parasites like biting flies or mosquitoes. In any case, bucks are more likely to get them as a result of fighting.

The internet is full of photos of deer absolutely covered in disgusting warts, so it’s more common than you might expect. Wildlife biologists say the meat not covered in warts is safe for human consumption, but we’d still be a little bit hesitant. Sadly, these growths often happen on a deer’s face near their mouth and nose, making life difficult.

Two-Headed Fawn

This stillborn fawn was found in southeastern Minnesota a few years ago and has had biologists scratching their heads ever since. Discovered by a mushroom hunter, the doe chewed through the umbilical cord and licked the fawn clean before she realized it was dead.

An MRI revealed it had two hearts, but shared a liver and lungs. Since this kind of thing does happen occasionally in cattle, scientists speculate it probably happens often in deer populations, but the young deer likely don’t survive long.

It was very lucky that the mushroom hunter was in the right place at the right time to recover this rare find.

Extra Legs

Deer Deformities
Facebook

This kind of deformity is quite rare, but it does happen on occasion. The Quality Deer Management Association says deer with extra limbs coming out of their backs or other areas are likely carrying around a parasitic twin. The deer likely started out as twin embryos in the womb.

But when the embryos don’t separate, sometimes you get a deer with an extra limb or two. The good news is while you get a really weird-looking deer with this deformity, it usually doesn’t prevent the animal from living a healthy life.

‘Sleigh Hoof’

Deer Deformities
QDMA

This uncommon deformity is often seen in cattle and even in other deer species, such as moose. However, it’s also seen in whitetails, and it definitely makes for a strange sight when a deer’s hooves grow disproportionately long.

Experts believe this type of deformity is caused by mineral imbalances. The buck in the photo above likely spent too much time eating high-carbohydrate foods at bait piles or deer-feeding stations. It looks painful, but it certainly didn’t stop the buck from growing a big rack.

‘Bullwinkle’ Syndrome

Deer Deformities
Facebook

A few photos of whitetail deer suffering with this rare condition have been making their way to the web in recent years. Obviously, the name comes from the cartoon moose, “Bullwinkle.”. This is what happens when a deer sufferers from a long-term bacterial inflammations in their mouth, nose or lips. These deformities are fairly new phenomenon and the QDMA recommends reporting them to your state wildlife agencies as soon as you see or shoot one.

Because of the bacterial nature of this deformity, scientists have advised against these deer for human consumption. Still, we think we’d have to pull the trigger anyway, if for no other reason than to put the animal out of its misery. This type of thing looks incredibly painful, but fortunately, this condition is extremely rare.

‘Cactus’ Racks

Deer Deformities
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This deformity is often the result of a buck who manages to injure his genitalia or has some other type of hormonal imbalance. It seems like several of these bucks are shot every year and it results in some of the most abnormal antlers ever seen by deer hunters. In many cases, the bucks don’t even shed the antlers, they just keep growing. Sometimes does grow these cactus racks, too.

Some of these “cactus” racks have actually resulted in some absolutely massive non-typical deer. But current Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young scoring systems don’t accept these deer into their record books. In fact, the clubs have declared more than one deer like this as “unscoreable” due to the freak nature of the antlers.

NEXT: #WHITETAILWEDNESDAY: 25 UNIQUE IDEAS FOR YOUR NEXT WHITETAIL MOUNT

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Navigating FWC’s New Website

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See those tabs that read “Things to Do” and “Places to Go” on FWC’s new website? That’s where you’ll find a majority of the hunting information you seek. “Buy and Apply” is where to go for licensing information. Website changes can be difficult on folks. I can almost hear my dad whipping the mouse of his 1998 HP desktop across the room as I type this. Still, changes are necessary from time to time. The reasons for change can range… Read More »

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Field Test: TRUGLO Titanium X Crossbow Broadheads

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Field Test: TRUGLO Titanium X Crossbow Broadheads

The number of crossbow broadheads on the market makes it challenging for bowhunters to decide what to use. Here are two of the newest designs from TRUGLO.

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Field Test: TRUGLO Titanium X Crossbow Broadheads

The number of crossbow broadheads on the market makes it challenging for bowhunters to decide what to use. Here are two of the newest designs from TRUGLO.

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GRAPHIC: Absolutely Brutal Snowmobile vs. Deer Collision

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A collision between a snowmobile and a whitetail deer resulted in one of the more gory pieces of video that you’re likely to see.

Everyone outdoorsman knows that collisions between animals and vehicles happen far too often. The results are often catastrophic on both sides. When a snowmobile traveling at high speed strikes a deer, we shudder at the thought of what damage might result to both machine and driver, let alone the deer.

This video shows just such a collision. It is both explosive and surprising.

WARNING: Graphic footage in the video.

As the deer races onto the snowmobile trail, the driver has zero chance of avoiding it. He T-bones the small whitetail with such force that the deer’s back-half almost literally explodes, spraying tissue and innards into the air. It’s ugly and shocking.

But the video is also surprising because, from what we can see, the damage we might have expected to the driver and his snowmobile was thankfully about as minimal as could possibly be. He immediately slows and comes to a stop, gets off of his snowmobile with seemingly little after-effect from the collision, and checks the front of his machine. It appears to have suffered little if any damage.

Amazing. Surely the small size of the deer resulted in far less damage than what there might have been.

In any event, it’s a rough scene. If you’re a snowmobiler it is certainly worth reminding yourself to be alert and treat driving a snowmobile with at least the same defensive attitude and care as you do with your automobile.

Be safe out there this winter!

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A collision between a snowmobile and a whitetail deer resulted in one of the more gory pieces of video that you’re likely to see.

Everyone outdoorsman knows that collisions between animals and vehicles happen far too often. The results are often catastrophic on both sides. When a snowmobile traveling at high speed strikes a deer, we shudder at the thought of what damage might result to both machine and driver, let alone the deer.

This video shows just such a collision. It is both explosive and surprising.

WARNING: Graphic footage in the video.

As the deer races onto the snowmobile trail, the driver has zero chance of avoiding it. He T-bones the small whitetail with such force that the deer’s back-half almost literally explodes, spraying tissue and innards into the air. It’s ugly and shocking.

But the video is also surprising because, from what we can see, the damage we might have expected to the driver and his snowmobile was thankfully about as minimal as could possibly be. He immediately slows and comes to a stop, gets off of his snowmobile with seemingly little after-effect from the collision, and checks the front of his machine. It appears to have suffered little if any damage.

Amazing. Surely the small size of the deer resulted in far less damage than what there might have been.

In any event, it’s a rough scene. If you’re a snowmobiler it is certainly worth reminding yourself to be alert and treat driving a snowmobile with at least the same defensive attitude and care as you do with your automobile.

Be safe out there this winter!

NEXT: Dirt Biker Slams Into Black Bear Caught on Film

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