A quick update before the 2nd weekend begins: I drew a tag for the Wild River State Park hunt this year. It's a earn a buck hunt. So I had to shoot a doe before shooting any bucks. A long story short, I didn't see anything that I wanted to shoot. No single doe's and just small bucks, I was there for a big monster, and to learn more about this hunt and lay of the land.
It's a 4 day hunt, and on the morning of the last day, I was headed out after another disappointing morning of little deer activity. So I decided to take a different route out of the woods, and do a little scouting on the run. While walking, I noticed a milk can lid just sitting on the ground upright. So I headed over to take a look. While standing there wondering how the heck this got here, I then noticed this huge rack and skull next to a tree only 2 feet away!!! Wow and a few more explicatives surely popped out of my mouth. I couldn't believe it! The rack is 22" wide, has 8 points, and 8" bases. I'm not sure how he died. Most of the skeleton was gone with only a few bones left.
I called the DNR to make sure that I could legally keep it. They said that since it was in a state park I needed the park manager's approval. Which I'm happy to report I got!
So this buck will be forever know as the Milk Can Lid Buck! This kind of find is very rare, much less to be a truly impressive animal as well. This is likely to be the only trophy I will get this year, which is just fine with me!
Now to find one that's still walking around this weekend!