After careful evaluation of trail cam footage from throughout the summer and fall, the club determined that certain older bucks with specific genetic markers should be taken. This strange looking guy was harvested at 50 yards.
At the base of the left antler there was rust from what appeared to be some sort of wire, possibly from the deer going under or through a fence. Our trail cameras have made it clear that there are a few more bucks on the property that probably share this guy's genetics—the abnormal antlers are easy to distinguish.
Unless you're a dedicated bowhunter, muzzleloader season is the first crack you get at the local whitetail populations in Virginia. NRA Publications' Tom Rickwalder was itching for the chance to get after the herd that called his hunting club's property home, and wasted no time when the season opened last month. You can get a closer look at his hunt—and see the wild looking buck he harvested—in the gallery embedded above.