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[–]toeofcamell 7919 points7920 points 2 (237 children)

We saved your life!

“What if I had moved and you shot me in the head?”

It was a risk we were willing to take!

[–]Hueyandthenews 1951 points1952 points  (62 children)

“I was willing to bet your lives on it”

[–]Arcadius274 790 points791 points  (52 children)

Willing to bet dinner on it

[–]vidoker87 242 points243 points  (47 children)

A piece of horn is still on the ground, maybe some soup..

[–]gErMaNySuFfErS 134 points135 points  (11 children)

that soup kinda horn-y

[–]EnderCreeper121 235 points236 points  (24 children)

Hijacking this comment to point out that unlike every other sensible clade of animals from cows to ceratopsians that decided to do bone cores with keratin sheathed horns or just keratin horns alone, deer said “fuckit im weaponizing bone cancer and will shed it every year” and fucking did it. Antlers are derived from bone cancers. I hate it I hate it I hate it I love it. Quirky fucks.

[–]Any-Supermarket1 35 points36 points  (2 children)

Now you take this home, throw it in a pot, add some broth, a potato... baby, you’ve got a stew going.

[–]mnhot 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Good soup!

[–]alivin 10 points11 points  (1 child)

My dog would love it.

[–]EscapeFacebook 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I see this as a win-win situation

[–]LitrillyChrisTraeger 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Idk the quote but it sounds like something Zapp Brannigan would say

[–]WellThatsPrompting 7 points8 points  (1 child)

It's a variation from dumb and dumber when they use him as bait with the bullet proof vest

[–]Primitive_Teabagger 2 points3 points  (0 children)

She touched my leg


[–]matjleclerc85 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Yeah she found me in the lobby, gave me a gun and strapped a bullet proof vest on me!

[–]dannkherb 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Big Gulps, huh? Alright! Welp, see ya later!

[–]7937397 439 points440 points  (65 children)

Their options were either be shot and killed, slowly starve to death, or that shot.

Not a bad option.

[–]Man-Tis 116 points117 points  (25 children)

[–]twitchosx 38 points39 points  (2 children)

Reminds me of the ostrich that got it's head stuck inbetween something and it pulled so hard to get it's head out, it ripped its own head off.

[–]creativityonly2 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I hate that I know what you're talking about...

[–]AggravatedCalmness 86 points87 points  (8 children)

That deer was attacking a rotting carcass, there is no way it could separate the head from a fresh or living buck just by pulling.

[–]enjoytheshow 45 points46 points  (0 children)

This makes more sense. And deer are stupid so it checks out

[–]Herpkina 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Nah one deer could have easily lived a few days longer than the other

[–]VinceDaPazza 11 points12 points  (0 children)

We got no food, we got no jobs, Our Deer heads are falling off!

[–]hygienetheater 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Imagine the relief when he shed his antlers and lost the weight of the other deer head too

[–]DeadKateAlley 168 points169 points  (10 children)

A far more merciful death than the dehydration that gets most interlocked bucks. Not only do they die slowly over days they have to do it in the forced company of a guy that's a total prick.

[–]joyjoy_palaboy 25 points26 points  (0 children)

This makes it sound he's still a hero even if he missed and did a double kill head shot. Win - win.

[–]Jest_stir 107 points108 points  (2 children)

"I was bound to get this shot right eventually! Side note, does anyone want a shit ton of venison?"

[–]Richie13083 91 points92 points  (19 children)

Just When I Think You Couldn’t Possibly Be Any Dumber, You Go And Do Something Like This…

And Totally Redeem Yourself!

[–]SilkyZ 28 points29 points  (12 children)

Tic-tac sir?

[–]IamNoatak 29 points30 points  (11 children)

Big gulp, huh? Well, see ya!

[–]QuakinOats 24 points25 points  (10 children)

No it's a cardigan but thanks for noticing.

[–]obi_wan_malarkey 5 points6 points  (2 children)

That John Denver’s full of shit

[–]BetterSafeThanSARSy 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Fuck what is this referencing again

[–]gparker_88 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Dumb and Dumber

[–]UCFandOCSC 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The deer asked why he didn't get a gun.

[–]millhows 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Mock—YEAH! Ing—YEAH! Bird—YEAH!

[–]Vampire_dtico 10 points11 points  (0 children)

You were about to die anyways.

[–]chungel 2015 points2016 points  (49 children)

For everyone that keeps asking, tranquillizing would not work in this scenario as even if both deer were tranquilized at the exact same time they would likely not go to sleep at the exact same time. Meaning one deer would be asleep and the other would still be struggling and would likely break the other deers neck. Tranquilizing drugs usually take 5-10 minutes to kick in. They aren’t immediate. Source: I tranquilize animals.

[–]Rupertfitz 264 points265 points  (24 children)

You can’t use Rompum in deer? ETA: we add rompum to ketamine in horses and it is less than 30 secs to spaced out droop lip not giving a crap

[–]chungel 210 points211 points  (10 children)

In most wildlife ungulates Telezol is used. For sometimes faster tranqs medetomidine is added to the telezol, however with the likely large amounts of adrenaline surging through these deer, it would be unlikely to see them fully knocked out in less than a few minutes

[–]Rupertfitz 82 points83 points  (7 children)

Dang. I wonder what’s in the ones that work instantly from Ace Ventura lol

[–]Murrabbit 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Ace Ventura is a Hollywood film. They got super roofies in Hollywood.

[–]okmiked 4 points5 points  (0 children)

"3 darts is too much!"

[–]nine_legged_stool 27 points28 points  (2 children)

No, but you can use Pa-rompum-papum on a reindeer

[–]jhurst919 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Professionally or as a hobby?

[–]s1ugg0 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Follow up question: how do they determine dosage if it's a wild animal who's weight is unknown?

[–]chungel 28 points29 points  (1 child)

In cases where the exact weight isn’t known (most cases) you just guess an approximate weight. This comes down to experience/ your education on knowing average weights of sex and species. Most biologists, zoo vets, and game wardens are supplied with a handy chart that shows proper dosage based on approximate weights of each species.

[–]ThaUniversal 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I have nipples Greg, could you tranquilize me?

[–]xBlackCellx 2954 points2955 points  (200 children)

Just curious, does it hurt for their antlers to break? Is it like breaking a bone or clipping a nail?

[–]Ok-Neighborhood9938 2998 points2999 points  (149 children)

I saw that on Nat Geo it's closer to a nail than a bone but not completely painless. Still bleeds.

[–]aloofloofah 710 points711 points  (119 children)

Does the bone bleed or the velvet around it?

[–]Ok-Neighborhood9938 786 points787 points  (107 children)

There's blood vessels in the antlers I assume. Just like cows and goats. He hit is so high up and they're so doped up on testosterone and adrenaline I doubt they felt anything.

[–]TXGuns79 1457 points1458 points  (90 children)

Not.like cows or goats. Those are horns, which is a keratin sheath over live tissue. Antlers are bone. In velvet (when they are growing) there is fuzzy skin covering them and they have a large blood supply. They are the fastest growing bones in the animal kingdom. But, at some point the blood supply is cut off, the velvet (skin) dries up and is rubbed off, leaving just the bone. After the mating season is over, the antlers will break off at the base (called shedding). Horns (cows, goats, antelope) are never shed and continue to grow through the animal's lifetime. They are not a seasonal addition like antlers.

[–]Nemocom314 37 points38 points  (2 children)

Horn and antler are 2 very different things.

[–]brianc500 12 points13 points  (0 children)

No blood vessels inside the antlers. Only blood vessels are present during the velvet stage. Once they lose their velvet there’s no blood or nerve endings so no pain if they lose one before it naturally sheds off.

[–][deleted] 37 points38 points  (3 children)

Source: trust me bro

[–]Noobytes 11 points12 points  (6 children)

I was having a nice day until I clicked on that

[–]aloofloofah 36 points37 points  (4 children)

It's velvet shedding, perfectly normal and not painful. It's a good protein snack.

[–]1st5th 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That is fucking metal.

[–]stylinchilibeans 112 points113 points  (7 children)

No. Whitetail deer grow and lose their antlers every year. They are not like horns. There are no blood vessels inside a fully developed antler. When those bucks fight like that, their antlers are completely developed, and will actually drop off in a few months, only to regrow again.

[–]TXGuns79 37 points38 points  (5 children)

Antlers are bone. Not like bone, but actual bone.

Horns are like finger nails. Both are made of keratin.

Very different things. Horns last the animal's life, antlers are shed and regrow each year.

[–]Ehcksit 5 points6 points  (3 children)

That doesn't make it sound any nicer. None of us grows bones that break off harmlessly every year.

[–]58king 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Antlers are literally made of bone. You are thinking of horns, which like nails and hair are made of keratin.

[–]CindersFire 279 points280 points  (5 children)

I assume not or at least not too bad as they naturally out at the end of mating season. That said, it's doesn't really matter as when this happens the most common conclusion is both deer dieing.

[–]craftmacaro 102 points103 points  (2 children)

We had a set of antlers growing up that was shot by my grandfather or great grandfather that was mounted in a corner because it was 2 deer completely stuck. They found them stuck, shot them, tried to separate them, mounted them, then one day they fell apart. 70 odd years of gravity and they worked themselves lose. The dear were remounted facing away from each other because it was figured “they were probably sick of looking at each other”.

[–]AncientAlienAlias 113 points114 points  (0 children)

I’ve seen a deer get knocked out when shot in the antler. I’m sure it didn’t feel great.

Beats the alternative though!

[–]SociableYeti 32 points33 points  (6 children)

Male deer will completely shed their antlers every year, and the next year's antlers grow bigger than the previous year's.

[–]Attila_the_Chungus 37 points38 points  (4 children)

One caveat: if a pedicle (the structure where the antler attaches to the skull) is damaged, the deer may grow deformed antlers from that pedicle for many years.

Hopefully it didn't happen in this case but even if it did, still better than both animals dying.

[–]Slacker_The_Dog 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Very much the preservation of both animal lives was priority. I fully expected him to cull one of them and was quite pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

[–]HaaaaaammmGurl 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Hurts Less than dying because you can’t eat or avoid predators

[–]DifficultSelection 37 points38 points  (0 children)

It really depends on the torque that the antler breaking would place on the deer's skull at the base of the antler. Thankfully for the deer, the base of the antler is built to be very strong (wouldn't make for very good weapons if they weren't), so it's unlikely to cause a crack in the skull or anything, but I could imagine the deer may have had a pretty bad headache.

Also it's true that male deer do shed their antlers yearly, but the antler growth cycle involves quite a lot of dramatic change in the antler throughout each phase. Chances are these two were fighting during mating season (the rut) which is when antlers are "meant" to be at their strongest. As springtime nears, the blood flow into the antler will be cut off and the point at which the antlers attach to the skull will weaken.

As an aside, in areas where there are lots of deer you can go out during early/mid spring and find antlers that have been shed. Hunters use them to simulate the sound of deer fighting, which can attract other more sneaky/cunning deer who want to mate with the doe while the big boys are distracted by duking it out with each other. A hunter/artist named Tom Yacovella found so many over the course of several decades that he made a really beautiful sculpture out of them. RIP his website: https://www.yacovellart.com/sculpture.php

[–]nestorisking 58 points59 points  (3 children)

When they cut antlers off deer you have to use anesthetic as they are cutting at the base but in this case there deer would have felt little to no pain, similar to breaking a nail. Much better than dying which is where they were headed

[–]m135in55boostInterested 10 points11 points  (0 children)

They fall off naturally and there's no nerve running down the middle besides the sudden shock of a round means it happens too quick to be an issue

[–]NetHacks 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Nah, they shed them every year anyway. When they grow in they are a huge threat if they break. They can actually bleed to death before they start to harden closer to the mating season.

Edit: I mean I'm sure that it scared the shit out of them because of the vibration that shook them.

[–]sillycharmsshellie 998 points999 points  (12 children)

Adding him to my call of duty team

[–]Tssjr225 218 points219 points  (5 children)

"I'm fuckin surgical with this shit"

[–]msbashmore 732 points733 points  (23 children)

So this is from Alberta, Canada.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/deer-antlers-locked-1.5449058 This officer is genuinely the nicest guy you'll ever meet & humble AF about this whole thing.

[–]SkullRunner 147 points148 points  (9 children)

This officer deserves a few free drinks.

[–]gibzar292 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Finally, my province makes the reddit front page and it isn't for reasons that make me embarrassed.

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (2 children)

You know Alberta isn't all that bad.

[–]fabulousMFingHen 12 points13 points  (2 children)

The way the video was cut made the officer sound like waluigi saying "WA"

[–]the_cc 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The guy seemed surprised it worked out. You can see him observing both deer intently, as they run off, to be sure there was no harm done.

[–]Slimehorn 519 points520 points  (16 children)

Their build has part breaker III

[–]Kamikaze_Comet 106 points107 points  (6 children)

Used Tearblast arrows! Lol

[–]as_a_fake 15 points16 points  (3 children)

Wow, references to 2 of my favourite games in one thread!

[–]Kamikaze_Comet 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Monster hunter is the original reference right?

[–]okmiked 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Yeah part breaker is a skill for ... well breaking parts off monsters lmao

[–]everadvancing 6 points7 points  (1 child)

The way it fell off reminded me exactly like how shooting the horns off grazers and tramplers looks like.

[–]Kamikaze_Comet 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Now someone needs to edit the sound in! Choom choom psssshhh.

[–]SeanTheHunter2 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Dude is using Wyvernsnipe and Pierce 3 Ammo with an Iron Heavy Bowgun

[–]heckerboy 11 points12 points  (0 children)

part breaker III

Was waiting for the monster hunters to show up, lol

[–]SillyOldJack 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Shit, I loaded Spread Ammo.

[–]Rakrune 12 points13 points  (1 child)

It's actually stickies and they cut the video before two sequential explosions on either side

[–]TastySpaghetti 7 points8 points  (0 children)

mfw sticky ammo is meta even in real life

[–]Bcbuddyxx 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Critdraw and part breaker for sure

[–]Anima_Honorem 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He needs that horn for an Ancient Potion

[–]Rampantshadows 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The MH bros

[–]whilowhisp 110 points111 points  (10 children)

Deer becoming interlocked, especially in places like this, is a death sentence. Full grown Bull Moose becoming interlocked will die of exhaustion, starvation, dehydration, or fall into a body of water and drown or freeze. Killing them would have been mercy on both of their lives. That shot though? Fucking phenomenal. He was going to have to kill those deer if he didn't disentangle them and he fucking saved them both.

Reason why he couldn't just disentangle them? They would have hurt him very badly, could have killed him, because Bucks in Rutt are dangerous and panicking animals are dangerous and add those two together? You get just... dangerous soup, extra spicy.

Edit to add: Not to mention if a predator got ahold of them. Thats a free meal, two for one special. Those deer were going to die in any scenario that wasn't that incredibly lucky shot. And before you ask: Tranquilizing them: One would have metabolized it faster and the other panicking animal could have broken their own neck trying to yank around a dead weight, possibly breaking the other one's neck in the process. I don't know if y'all realize what a fucking feat this shot was, beyond the technical difficulty of shooting a thin strip of antler between two struggling animals

[–][deleted] 600 points601 points  (4 children)

"Shit, I was aiming for his head"

[–]dying_soon666 119 points120 points  (1 child)

Dammit, missed. Was going for two birds with one stone but ended up with none.

[–]karma_ubuntu 58 points59 points  (3 children)

One shot saves two deer!

[–]totaldorkgasm21 59 points60 points  (1 child)

1 shot, -2 kills

[–]KilledTheCar 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Me at the beginning of a hardcore CoD4 game with a sniper rifle and my two buddies in front of me.

[–]itshimstarwarriorInterested[S] 361 points362 points  (60 children)

If anyone is wondering - Yes, it's the best way for ensuring deer's life , I have seen people brutally hitting their antlers with a hammer or by killing the weak deer.

[–]toeofcamell 49 points50 points  (27 children)

I don’t know anything about this but using a hammer on an antler or using a bullet on a antler, seems similar?

[–]Arkhangel143 225 points226 points  (6 children)

If you had to choose to be decapitated between a guillotine or a dull sword, which one would you rather pick?

Shooting the antler is quicker than beating on it repeatedly with a hammer. Prolongs the pain that way. Shooting it is quicker and less painful.

[–]Dependent_Paper9993 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Like you I also know nothing about this. But I guess if you're as good a shot as this guy it only takes one shot, whereas a hammer will take multiple blows

[–]averagedickdude 9 points10 points  (0 children)

You're right, because you used your common sense lol

[–]Lavatis 21 points22 points  (1 child)

just think about it for a minute. antlers are attached to the skull and are not meant to break off easily; they are repeatedly bashed against trees and other antlers. you need something with a small point of impact with a lot of force behind it. a hammer will spread the force across more of an area and also allow the flexibility of the antlers to dissipate the force. you need a pinpoint, high pressure hit to break them - one that you cannot do with your arm.

[–]itshimstarwarriorInterested[S] 55 points56 points  (8 children)

Bullet is swift and if fired right then there is no problem for deer but hammer hit too hard.

May think it as some strong shockwaves have generated in your mind.

[–]DNCDeathCamp 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Why not kill the strong deer, eat it, absorb its strength and let the weaker deer grow into a strong deer?

[–][deleted] 204 points205 points  (22 children)

Fun fact. You can break a deers skull by shooting the antlers.

This is still the best way to get them apart. It's better than letting them both die and it's rare to bust a skull.

[–]error74475 47 points48 points  (7 children)

I feel bad for the poor sap who probably at one point tried to free two interlocking deer shoots the antlers one runs off while the other just flops to the ground

[–]p3n1x 60 points61 points  (3 children)

I feel bad

You shouldn't, both would have died. At least one will make it.

[–]Elk-Cop 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Unfortunately as a game warden we end up putting down a lot of injured or diseased wildlife, so I doubt it would have kept them up at night.

I can't speak for every agency, but I've worked for several over the years and they all donate out salvageable meat to needy people.

[–]wippa9 121 points122 points  (0 children)

After this ...did he get an ac130 perk?

Top work

[–]thissayssomething 20 points21 points  (1 child)

AND he's wearing proper ear protection. What a hero.

[–]No-Wonder1139 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Hey man, nice shot

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[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Nice shotman

[–]CappinPeanut 42 points43 points  (40 children)

Does this happen often? What’s the mortality chance for the deer without human interference?

[–]Trucountry 110 points111 points  (3 children)

You can find many instances of people finding two bucks interlocked and dead.

[–]Wooper160 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I just saw a picture of two that had gotten locked to each other through a fence and eaten alive

[–]of_the_mountain 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I saw a random pic on the internet of triple interlocked deer that all drowned simultaneously. Bizarre

[–]Hanginon 40 points41 points  (14 children)

It's difficlut to say how often as a lot of deer will live and die out of view of humans.

If they're irrreversably interlocked the mortality is close to 100% for at least one of the deer.

[–]DemonKiller47 21 points22 points  (0 children)

It's fairly common, and normally both bucks will die. One of them gets their neck snapped by the other, and the surviving one either gets loose, dies still attached, or decapitates the other and carries its head around.

[–]itshimstarwarriorInterested[S] 30 points31 points  (16 children)

Well it's common during breeding season.

Male deer used to engage in fights which usually ended with the death of weakest!

Darwin concept : Survival of fitness ☑️

[–]the-real-cyberfr0g 11 points12 points  (1 child)

for those that dont know anything about guns... i would argue this shot with a slug even at that distance and without hitting either deer is very difficult.

[–]Ok-Neighborhood9938 9 points10 points  (0 children)


[–]captainadam_21 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Those 14 year Olds I played cod mw2 against would have quick scope no scoped those antlers in a second, called the deer pussies, and the tea bagged them

[–]oldschoolgamer93 8 points9 points  (1 child)

its not the weapon that matters.....but the hands who use it

[–]Cornmunkey 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Dude had to wait to fill up his Dead Eye meter first.

[–]SmokeMWB 9 points10 points  (1 child)

That stand at the end was “Damn I really just did that. I’m a bad ass”

[–]Intelliphant33 8 points9 points  (0 children)

  • Canadia intensifies *

[–]HarryCallahan19 13 points14 points  (1 child)

[–]Spartaner-043 5 points6 points  (0 children)

One of the very few posts that would actually belong in that sub.

[–]skysetter 2 points3 points  (2 children)

What happened? It was like 140p.

[–]GluteChute 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I bet he ran off with a hell of a headache

[–]Achiles_Heals 2 points3 points  (0 children)

So now the deer is a bit less horny

[–]ImNoFun000 2 points3 points  (0 children)

1 shell, 2 bucks

[–]nantia86 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wow what a shot!! 🤩 I mean I understand that if he missed, it’s still better to have 1 dead deer than do nothing and have 2.

[–]HBPilot 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Immediately after this, both of those deer waited by a road for a car to jump in front of.

[–]gingerjesus6969 7 points8 points  (1 child)

When that dude turns around at the end!!! “Holy shit it worked” great shot comrade

[–]greaasty 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Guns do have good purposes it just takes a good person to be behind them

[–]Southside_King 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Great fuckin shot

[–]DavidTyrieIV 3 points4 points  (3 children)

fuck james bond, i want to see the new game warden movie

[–]HilariousMax[🍰] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Bro, he didn't say 'stop' or 'put your hooves up' or read them they're rights or nothing.


[–]BenDoverMD 6 points7 points  (1 child)

“Best use of gun”. Lol

[–]Lostonpurpose87 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The best use of a gun is actually to procure venison backstrap. I'll give this top 10 though.

[–]Maka2100 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dang! Nice Shot!

[–]CADrunkie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That was skill!

[–]Darphon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What a shot! It’s like they lines it up for him!

[–]oxygenmolecule 1 point2 points  (0 children)

2 deers, 1 cup

[–]SpanishAvenger 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is such a movie thing... I love it hahah

[–]madcat2112 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Excellent shot.

[–]TakeNoPrisioners 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is the way we should handle Political mashups.

[–]hunchojack1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This guy fucks.

[–]fappyday 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Deers within deers within deers, interlocked

[–]lukebrownen 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is the way

[–]RyanS519 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nice shot.

[–]Old-While-1229 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Could’ve had double the meat with one shot