A young, super-buck, like the “Decker Deer,” was vulnerable because of its comparative immaturity. Also, Dodge says the buck had no evidence of fighting, with no scares around the head or neck, and no broken antlers. Though the buck had much hair worn off from rubbing trees. In just a couple weeks, when the rut kicks into gear (and rifle season begins), it’s almost a certainty the buck would have been fighting, and could have lost many inches of antler. Dodge sees that frequently from the many whitetails brought into his taxidermy studio.