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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

Deer Deformities
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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’

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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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
Facebook

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
Facebook

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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ASA Pro/Am and IBO Results Show Strong Finish for Team Mathews

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The recent ASA Pro/Am and IBO results show that Team Mathews continues to dominate on the tournament trail. Here’s a look at the results…. Read more…

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Nosler Introduces 115-Grain 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet

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Nosler Introduces 115gr 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet

Serious competition shooters will be pleased to hear about the new 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet in 115-grain that Nosler just unveiled.

Just like the name states, the Nosler Reduced Drag Factor (RDF) Bullet is designed for match shooters who want high ballistic coefficient bullets with the flattest trajectory and the least wind drift possible at long range.

Well, shooters who use 6mm cartridges just got some great news when Nosler, Inc announced that a 115-grain 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet is the newest addition to their RDF line.

Designed specifically for use in rifles with a barrel twist rate of 1:7.5″ or faster, the new 115-grain Reduced Drag Factor bullet has a ridiculously high BC of .634 (G1). This is a significant improvement over the only previous 6mm RDF option, which was a 105-grain and had a G1 BC of .571.

Like all the other Nosler RDF bullets, the new 6mm bullet incorporates several key design factors that result in a sleek form factor with one of the highest BCs available anywhere for a bullet of that size.

First, the bullet has a long, drag reducing boattail. It also has a compound ogive along with what Nosler advertises as the smallest and most consistent meplats of any hollow point match bullet line, which they claim eliminates the need to trim tips.

Add it all up and you’ve got a very sleek, accurate, and easy to load hollow point boat tail (HPBT) bullet that’s perfect for rifle tournaments, like Precision Rifle Series (PRS) matches.

With the introduction of this bullet, the entire RDF bullet line now includes 70-, 77-, and 85-grain bullets in .22 caliber, 105- and 115-grain bullets in 6mm (.243 caliber), 130- and 140-grain bullets in 6.5 mm (.264 caliber), 185 grain bullets in 7mm (.284 caliber), 168-, 175-, and 210-grain bullets in .30 caliber, and 300-grain bullets in .338 caliber.

Note that Nosler’s RDF bullets are designed for long range efficiency during competition rifle matches, not for big game hunting. If you want a good long range hunting bullet, then consider the Nosler AccuBond Long Range Series instead.

But if you want match grade accuracy, flat trajectories, and great resistance to wind drift when using your 6mm Creedmoor to bang steel or punch paper, then check out the Nosler 6mm 115 grain RDF bullet.

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by John McAdams on The Big Game Hunting Blog. Follow him on FacebookYouTube, & Instagram.

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Nosler Introduces 115gr 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet

Serious competition shooters will be pleased to hear about the new 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet in 115-grain that Nosler just unveiled.

Just like the name states, the Nosler Reduced Drag Factor (RDF) Bullet is designed for match shooters who want high ballistic coefficient bullets with the flattest trajectory and the least wind drift possible at long range.

Well, shooters who use 6mm cartridges just got some great news when Nosler, Inc announced that a 115-grain 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet is the newest addition to their RDF line.

Designed specifically for use in rifles with a barrel twist rate of 1:7.5″ or faster, the new 115-grain Reduced Drag Factor bullet has a ridiculously high BC of .634 (G1). This is a significant improvement over the only previous 6mm RDF option, which was a 105-grain and had a G1 BC of .571.

Like all the other Nosler RDF bullets, the new 6mm bullet incorporates several key design factors that result in a sleek form factor with one of the highest BCs available anywhere for a bullet of that size.

First, the bullet has a long, drag reducing boattail. It also has a compound ogive along with what Nosler advertises as the smallest and most consistent meplats of any hollow point match bullet line, which they claim eliminates the need to trim tips.

Add it all up and you’ve got a very sleek, accurate, and easy to load hollow point boat tail (HPBT) bullet that’s perfect for rifle tournaments, like Precision Rifle Series (PRS) matches.

With the introduction of this bullet, the entire RDF bullet line now includes 70-, 77-, and 85-grain bullets in .22 caliber, 105- and 115-grain bullets in 6mm (.243 caliber), 130- and 140-grain bullets in 6.5 mm (.264 caliber), 185 grain bullets in 7mm (.284 caliber), 168-, 175-, and 210-grain bullets in .30 caliber, and 300-grain bullets in .338 caliber.

Note that Nosler’s RDF bullets are designed for long range efficiency during competition rifle matches, not for big game hunting. If you want a good long range hunting bullet, then consider the Nosler AccuBond Long Range Series instead.

But if you want match grade accuracy, flat trajectories, and great resistance to wind drift when using your 6mm Creedmoor to bang steel or punch paper, then check out the Nosler 6mm 115 grain RDF bullet.

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by John McAdams on The Big Game Hunting Blog. Follow him on FacebookYouTube, & Instagram.

NEXT: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NOSLER E-TIP AMMUNITION

WATCH: THE BEST NEW PISTOLS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

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Keanu Reeves Shows Shooting Prowess Training for John Wick Movie

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Who knew Keanu Reeves could shoot like this?

At this point, Keanu Reeves has already staked his claim as an American badass. After two heart-pounding action franchises in “John Wick” and “The Matrix” alone, he’s earned a spot on the Mount Rushmore of action movies.

However, who knew he could actually shoot? He’s not only capable with a firearm; he could shoot competitively!

You won’t believe your eyes when you see him wield a wide variety of firearms, which includes an AR-15, a shotgun and handguns.

Watch the video below:

If you haven’t already seen “John Wick 3: Parabellum,” chances are you probably want to after watching this, right? The franchise has gained somewhat of a cult-like following after its first two acts, which appear to correlate with how Reeves spends his free time.

Shooting competitively on a course like this is no easy task, as quick shooting scenarios challenge your instincts behind the sights of a rifle, and requires elite discipline from your trigger finger.

It’s clear after watching this tactical training video from Taran Tactical that Reeves has put in a ton of work to prepare for these movies, molding himself into an unbelievable shooter.

Another cool element to the new movie and Reeves’ shooting abilities is the clear lack of a stunt double. In a lot of action movies, Hollywood actors use stunt doubles to do some of the technical work, such as shooting.

It’s exciting to know you’ll actually be watching Reeves in action.

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Who knew Keanu Reeves could shoot like this?

At this point, Keanu Reeves has already staked his claim as an American badass. After two heart-pounding action franchises in “John Wick” and “The Matrix” alone, he’s earned a spot on the Mount Rushmore of action movies.

However, who knew he could actually shoot? He’s not only capable with a firearm; he could shoot competitively!

You won’t believe your eyes when you see him wield a wide variety of firearms, which includes an AR-15, a shotgun and handguns.

Watch the video below:

If you haven’t already seen “John Wick 3: Parabellum,” chances are you probably want to after watching this, right? The franchise has gained somewhat of a cult-like following after its first two acts, which appear to correlate with how Reeves spends his free time.

Shooting competitively on a course like this is no easy task, as quick shooting scenarios challenge your instincts behind the sights of a rifle, and requires elite discipline from your trigger finger.

It’s clear after watching this tactical training video from Taran Tactical that Reeves has put in a ton of work to prepare for these movies, molding himself into an unbelievable shooter.

Another cool element to the new movie and Reeves’ shooting abilities is the clear lack of a stunt double. In a lot of action movies, Hollywood actors use stunt doubles to do some of the technical work, such as shooting.

It’s exciting to know you’ll actually be watching Reeves in action.

NEXT: SAVAGE ROLLS OUT GUNS WITH NRA’S OFFICIAL CAMOUFLAGE MOSSY OAK OVERWATCH

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