Cody Thompson

Cody Thompson is an avid angler who enjoys bass fishing tournaments. He's the president of the Metro Hawg Hunters Bass Club out of Minneapolis. He also enjoys hunting and camping with family and friends.

MN velvet buck harvested November 29th

Posted by: Cody Thompson Updated: December 1, 2009 - 12:00 PM

Earlier this year I was selected to participate in a special shotgun hunt in western Hennepin County on November 28th& 29th.These hunts are a lot of fun as you never know what you will see; this was my fifth time being selected. I setup stand the morning of the 28th as your not allowed to setup prior to the actually hunt. I sat in my stand the entire day on the 28th, I saw seven does but none offered a shot. I removed my stand and hung it back up in a different location just 40 yards for the following day. I was confident by moving my stand I would get a shot at a deer as I setup near a heavily used trail. I arrived in my stand around 0630 hours and planned on sitting all day. At approximately 0919 hours I saw this buck come from a group of large pine tree from the west. The buck was approximately 40 yards away, I could see that he had a tall rack on his right side but nothing else. The buck jumped on the trail I was hoping it would and started walking east, at 35 yards I grunted at the buck where he locked up its legs and started looking for what made that noise. I fired one shot at 35 yards dropping the deer. All I could see while it was laying down in the tall grass was the right side of the rack, which again looked pretty nice. I got out of my stand and walked over to the deer, as I got closer I could tell that his antlers were "funny looking”. The buck was still in full velvet, the antlers were soft and somewhat flexible at the tips. I was very shocked as I have never heard of a buck being harvested in MN in late November still in full velvet. I registered the buck with the group who administers the special hunts and they have never seen or heard of this either. The deer was 3 years old, field dressed at 180lbs and had 17 inch spread. Why is this deer still in velvet and why does it have a "messed up" rack?? I located an article on the internet that explained both. Check it out if you wan. Very interesting I thought.(http://www.iwla-rh.org/html/DGIF_articles/deer_antlers.html)

  I’m planning on having a European mount done; I will post a photo when done. Thanks everyone


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