1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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”.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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