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February 14, 2013
Video: Officer Frees Tangled Bucks by Shooting Apart Rack - 10

This video, first posted on the Illinois DNR Facebook page, shows a trio of officers (one conservation officer, a state trooper and forest preserve officer) closing in on two tangled bucks in a cornfield. It's clear that the two deer are close to exhaustion (and probably  death) when one of the officers starts shooting.

But instead of a mercy killing, the officer shoots apart the bucks' racks. Unfortunately one of the deer had to be put down after being freed, but the other deer survived.

Unbelievably, some animal rights activist are actually criticizing this incredible display of marksmanship. Mark Dorencz wrote, "As a proud supporter of PETA, I am appalled at this video. The officer should have comforted the deer prior to shooting at them," according to the Daily News.

But the  Illinois DNR defended its actions, saying "it was vital to ensure the survival of the bucks."

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from rebart wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

Mark Dorencz is an idiot, like most PETA members. They don't think, they just react with a thoughtless knee-jerk reaction. It is quite obvious Mark knows nothing about wildlife. Comfort the deer? How would you do that Mark? Please explain.

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from LovesOutdoors wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

Would Peta rather see a video of two bucks with antlered locked, lying on the ground dead as rotten corpses?
Mother Nature kills bucks with entangled antlers all the time. They suffer a slow death, and it could take a few days before they died.

Maybe next time before the Officers shoot at the antlers, they should serve Tea with Brownies and read the Bambi story to both bucks.

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from papajocu wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

Peta are are the fredphelpers of the animalworld. Its a shame they are given any room in the press.
If peta wants to pet the deer let them try. I would love to film THAT ONE!

This same exact situation happened in a field near where I live in 2012 and a police officer did the same exact same thing with a pistol. Both deer were unharmed except one was missing some antlers.

You do what you can and hope for the best.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

I hope the one made it but Charlie does have a point. I helped a DNR officer get a deer out of a barb wire fence one afternoon and it was all three men could do to hold that doe still enough to untwist the wire. The PETA guy is an idiot.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

Wow, that guy is one heck of a good shot with a handgun. I wonder if Mark Dorencz would've volunteered to "comfort" those deer if he had been there? Somehow I think not.

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from MazPower wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

An uninformed comment from a PETA supporter?? Never.

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from charlie elk wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

These deer should have been killed and used as food at a local food shelf. Odds are very high the deer that supposedly survived did not survive. After this much stress it too most likely died; a waste of a good animal.
Think of skull fractures and brain trauma the bullets likely caused impacting the antlers. This was not an act of mercy. Certainly this not something we should be proud of.
later,
charlie

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from bioguy001 wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

"As a proud supporter of PETA, I am appalled at this video. The officer should have comforted the deer prior to shooting at them,"

Spoken as a true advocate who knows absolutely nothing about the animal. As a biologist who works closely with deer, there is no such thing as comforting a deer in the presence of a human. It is not recommended to touch them, talk to them, or even let them see you, because doing so causes the animal more stress and increases the chances that it will die of myopathy. "Comforting" the deer would have required darting the animals with sedative drugs and dart guns which the officers likely did not have on hand because they are not "standard issue" equipment. Kudos to the officers for being creative and not putting themselves in harm's way. I have wrestled with deer before and have the scars to prove it, and I'll be the first to say that it's dangerous enough handling 1 antlered buck, much less 2.

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from elkslayer wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

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Mark Dorencz wrote "As a proud supporter of PETA, I am appalled at this video. The officer should have comforted the deer prior to shooting at them,"

How stupid can you be Mark, do you really think that any amount of comforting or talking to the deer was going to free them or help them understand that the officer was going to shoot through the antlers?

Exactly how far up your back-end must you be able to shove your head in order to be a member of PETA?

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from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

I think I have watched at least 4 videos this year of the same situation. Sometimes these hunting networks show footage from deer farms where they routinely put the deer to sleep with a tranquilizer gun for antler situations. I never thought I would say this, but maybe there is something we could learn from a deer farm. Congrats to the Illinois DNR for trying and saving one of them.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

Wow, that guy is one heck of a good shot with a handgun. I wonder if Mark Dorencz would've volunteered to "comfort" those deer if he had been there? Somehow I think not.

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from bioguy001 wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

"As a proud supporter of PETA, I am appalled at this video. The officer should have comforted the deer prior to shooting at them,"

Spoken as a true advocate who knows absolutely nothing about the animal. As a biologist who works closely with deer, there is no such thing as comforting a deer in the presence of a human. It is not recommended to touch them, talk to them, or even let them see you, because doing so causes the animal more stress and increases the chances that it will die of myopathy. "Comforting" the deer would have required darting the animals with sedative drugs and dart guns which the officers likely did not have on hand because they are not "standard issue" equipment. Kudos to the officers for being creative and not putting themselves in harm's way. I have wrestled with deer before and have the scars to prove it, and I'll be the first to say that it's dangerous enough handling 1 antlered buck, much less 2.

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from MazPower wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

An uninformed comment from a PETA supporter?? Never.

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from elkslayer wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

From the article:

Mark Dorencz wrote "As a proud supporter of PETA, I am appalled at this video. The officer should have comforted the deer prior to shooting at them,"

How stupid can you be Mark, do you really think that any amount of comforting or talking to the deer was going to free them or help them understand that the officer was going to shoot through the antlers?

Exactly how far up your back-end must you be able to shove your head in order to be a member of PETA?

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

I hope the one made it but Charlie does have a point. I helped a DNR officer get a deer out of a barb wire fence one afternoon and it was all three men could do to hold that doe still enough to untwist the wire. The PETA guy is an idiot.

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from papajocu wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

Peta are are the fredphelpers of the animalworld. Its a shame they are given any room in the press.
If peta wants to pet the deer let them try. I would love to film THAT ONE!

This same exact situation happened in a field near where I live in 2012 and a police officer did the same exact same thing with a pistol. Both deer were unharmed except one was missing some antlers.

You do what you can and hope for the best.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from LovesOutdoors wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

Would Peta rather see a video of two bucks with antlered locked, lying on the ground dead as rotten corpses?
Mother Nature kills bucks with entangled antlers all the time. They suffer a slow death, and it could take a few days before they died.

Maybe next time before the Officers shoot at the antlers, they should serve Tea with Brownies and read the Bambi story to both bucks.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from rebart wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

Mark Dorencz is an idiot, like most PETA members. They don't think, they just react with a thoughtless knee-jerk reaction. It is quite obvious Mark knows nothing about wildlife. Comfort the deer? How would you do that Mark? Please explain.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

I think I have watched at least 4 videos this year of the same situation. Sometimes these hunting networks show footage from deer farms where they routinely put the deer to sleep with a tranquilizer gun for antler situations. I never thought I would say this, but maybe there is something we could learn from a deer farm. Congrats to the Illinois DNR for trying and saving one of them.

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from charlie elk wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

These deer should have been killed and used as food at a local food shelf. Odds are very high the deer that supposedly survived did not survive. After this much stress it too most likely died; a waste of a good animal.
Think of skull fractures and brain trauma the bullets likely caused impacting the antlers. This was not an act of mercy. Certainly this not something we should be proud of.
later,
charlie

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