Hunter bags rare antlered doe: ‘Deer of a lifetime’

That’s not a buck!

One Oklahoma hunter was recently in for quite the surprise when he realized the antlered deer he shot was not a male, but rather a female doe.

Over the weekend, outdoorsman Chris Blades was on the prowl in Seminole County when he harvested what he initially suspected to be “an extremely non-typical buck” that was, in fact, biologically female. Officials for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) have since described the doe as “the deer of a lifetime.”

One Oklahoma hunter was recently in for quite the surprise when he realized the antlered deer he caught was not a male, but rather a female doe, pictured.

One Oklahoma hunter was recently in for quite the surprise when he realized the antlered deer he caught was not a male, but rather a female doe, pictured. (Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation)

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“Biologists say this can occur in an average of 1 [in] 10,000 does,” reps for the ODWC wrote on Facebook.

“For this reason, regulations for deer are referred to as ‘antlered’ and ‘antlerless,’ not ‘buck’ and “doe,” the department said, sharing three images of Blades’ catch in a post that has since been liked more than 2,200 times.

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An image of hunter Chris Blades' with his recent October catch, an antlered whitetail doe.

An image of hunter Chris Blades’ with his recent October catch, an antlered whitetail doe. (Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation)

When contacted for comment, ODWC big game biologist Dallas Barber confirmed to Fox News that Blades’ catch was a whitetail deer and described the antlered female as “very rare.”

“While it is very rare, we do see one or two antlered does harvested each year. It is caused by a hormonal imbalance,” Barber said.

“As long as deer season is open, and you are abiding by our management zones designated ‘doe days,’ it is never illegal to harvest a doe,” he added.

3 thoughts on “Hunter bags rare antlered doe: ‘Deer of a lifetime’

  1. Truly I despise hunting

    From: Exposing the Big Game Reply-To: Exposing the Big Game Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:00 PM To: louise kane Subject: [New post] Hunter bags rare antlered doe: ‘Deer of a lifetime’

    Exposing the Big Game posted: ” By Janine Puhak | Fox News Fox News Flash top headlines for Oct. 9 Fox News Flash top headlines for Oct. 9 are here. Check out what’s clicking on FoxNews.com That’s not a buck! One Oklahoma hunter was recent”

  2. Disgusting.

    What a horrid, long and agonizing death for the deer. Crossbows should be banned. This rare doe was mercilessly murdered because a pea brained, gutless “hunter” had to prove his so called masculinity by killing. Such a loser you have there. May Karma reign supreme.

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