• That sucks Mark. Such a sad way to see a giant go.

    • SoleAdventure

      Most bucks don’t get a chance to become this mature…I think you can see why.

  • Erin

    We found a beautiful 8 pointer a couple of years ago that the coyotes had taken down. We took his antlers and you are right, there is nothing worst than knowing such a beautiful animal was taken illegally!!

    • SoleAdventure

      Most of the time antlers represent a wonderful memory of a successful hunt. These antlers have a whole different meaning for me; they are a sobering reminder of a different type.

  • He was beautiful… Nothing saddens and disgusts me more than “hunters” who refuse to obey the law or respect the animals that they are hunting. I still hope you can get your hands on another gorgeous deer before the end of season.

    • SoleAdventure

      That’s the sad part…whoever did this probably still considers himself (herself) a “hunter”. I hope I’m wrong about how this happened, but I honestly can’t see another explanation.

  • What a gut-wrenching story! Brother, you must have had a thousand emotions. In spite of the travesty, I’m happy someone with some respect found him. Really pulling for you and hope you can harvest this guys big brother.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Randy. I definitely have a ton of different emotions…the waste and abuse of the animal is hard to stomach and it is only compounded by all of the effort and energy that I put into doing things the right way.

  • It is too bad that a buck of this caliber was taken this way. That’s one of the hardest things as a lawful hunter is to have the wind knocked out of your sails by some “hunter” who decides to go out and take a deer illegally. I just keep telling myself that karma will come back around sooner or later for them as well as us law abiding hunters…. Good luck Mark!

    • SoleAdventure

      Yeah, this definitely took some of the wind out of my sails, that is for sure! I’ve always appreciated the wisdom of Joe Dirt: “You gotta’ keep on keeping on”.

  • That is not only sad, but this kind of thing angers me. Poachers are evil. Did you report the kill to Operation Game Thief or contact a warden? I would have been on the phone quickly and reporting it to inform them that it was going on. While I know there isn’t much they can do now, it would be worth while to report. I hope your season improves and you are able to get your deer! Thanks for sharing, Mark. Heart breaker there.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Al! Yes, I am going to be working with the landowners and other authorities to make sure everyone is aware of this.

  • Pushing the Wild Limits

    People continue to give us a bad name, that is a real shame. My dad just shot a deer that had a poacher hole in it from like a .22, I hope everything gets worked out.

  • To bad a hunter couldn’t have gotten that nice buck, looks like coyotes.