There were a lot of cool looking bucks at the Deer and Turkey Expo in Illinois last weekend, but this one was definitely the most unique. Scott Setzer was hunting his go-to stand last October when he spotted the gnarly rack coming his way.
He knew the buck was a shooter right away and thought that it maybe even had velvet, even though it was October. After making a good shot with his bow, Setzer climbed down from his stand to see the twisted mass of velvet antlers.
“It was the buck of a lifetime,” he said.
Bucks keep their velvet when they aren’t able to generate enough testosterone to grow fully hardened antlers. This most commonly happens when a buck has injured or deformed testicles.
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