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Offline Ricochet

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Cactus Bucks
« on: October 08, 2011, 10:50:42 AM »
While talking to Wheezer about his upcoming trip to the Malheur, I mentioned the possibility of photographing a cactus buck.  He wasn't familiar with the term, so let's show him what a cactus buck looks like.  I know CameraGuy and TDog have some shots, so if anyone has a shot of an antlered oddity, post 'em up.










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Re: Cactus Bucks
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2011, 10:53:06 AM »
that third buck is a cool looking buck.. would he be legal as a 3 point or better???
wack'em and stack'em wenatchee style

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Re: Cactus Bucks
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2011, 12:29:30 PM »
Wow Wes!!! One picture really is worth a thousand words! Once seen never forgotten! Thanks for posting those up. The testicular pain that produced those weird looking hats had to be excruciating!
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Re: Cactus Bucks
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2011, 01:11:23 PM »
I will hunt up a few more.
Didn't really see any last year.





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« Last Edit: October 08, 2011, 01:58:10 PM by TDog »

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Re: Cactus Bucks
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2011, 01:40:22 PM »
Thanks TDog. If you're able to find some more post them. This is pretty interesting stuff!
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Re: Cactus Bucks
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2011, 01:47:13 PM »
Sucker wouldn't come out of the nasty grass...

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Re: Cactus Bucks
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2011, 02:07:12 PM »
This was 09.
Same Buck as Shawns.


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Re: Cactus Bucks
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2011, 02:08:30 PM »
Over the years we've definitely seen more than our share at the Malheur.  Somewhere in my files I have a shot with two cactus bucks together.




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Re: Cactus Bucks
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2011, 07:27:24 AM »
This is a 2010 Deer. I think it qualifies.
A buck shouldn't have velvet in mid-November.



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Re: Cactus Bucks
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2011, 08:00:10 AM »
Ricochet- Great photos.  Is it just me or does this buck look like he is "flipping you off" " with his rack?  :shocked:

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Re: Cactus Bucks
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2011, 09:33:24 AM »

A buck shouldn't have velvet in mid-November.

 This buck was killed in November, was just losing his velvet and had only one testical, the size of a beebee yet he had himself more than a dozen does.

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Re: Cactus Bucks
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2011, 10:05:23 AM »
Very interesting, Phool.  I've seen a couple bucks with normally formed antlers still in velvet in November but both were relatively small (both were three points) and showed no aggression toward other bucks.  One was actually chased away from the group of does he was with by a little forky.  So them keeping a group of does wouldn't have been likely.  Thanks for sharing that, maybe its the mule deer version of safe sex?  Not much chance of pregnancy shooting with a BB. :shocked:

This shot was taken in mid-November as were the two pics in my previous post.



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You might be right.  That particular buck was living on some heavily posted private land.  What better way to give hunters the finger than to grow them on your head? :laugh:

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Re: Cactus Bucks
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2011, 10:11:15 AM »
 When we spotted him from about 1/2 mile we thought he was a double drop tine, it turned out to be the velvet hanging from both main beams.

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Re: Cactus Bucks
« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2011, 05:08:20 PM »

A buck shouldn't have velvet in mid-November.

 This buck was killed in November, was just losing his velvet and had only one testical, the size of a beebee yet he had himself more than a dozen does.
Bet he was shooting blanks. Good thing you killed him, because if he had stayed the dominant buck there would have been a lot of open (un-pregnant) does in that herd.

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Re: Cactus Bucks
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2011, 06:29:15 PM »
I didn't get to see any catcus bucks during my recent trip, but here are a couple from the past.

 


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