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Edwards County Times Advocate photo.

Antlered doe shot south of Olney

December 06, 2011 at 09:50 PM

Olney, Ill. —  A true “freak of nature” was taken west of West Salem during the second shotgun season over the weekend.

Richard Lomas, a farmhand for George Knackmuhs, shot this 30-point doe on the late Richard Knackmuhs Farm.

The deer, which features a non-typical rack, a drop antler still in velvet and no evidence of male genitalia, also does not appear to have ever given birth.

Locals estimate the deer to be about 4-5 years old.

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Hunters take five antlered does in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Conservation says as many as one in every 65 or as few as one in 4,437 female white-tailed deer may grow antlers, depending on the region within North America. It’s all a question of hormones.

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So does a guy get to put a doe tag on a deer like this? I know your allowed 2 bucks a year and yes, he did shoot an antlered deer, but it was a doe,not a buck. Would he still be allowed to shoot 2 bucks? Curious to hear what the official postion of the state would be on this.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/07 at 01:23 PM

Hmmm. I’ll run this question by the folks at DNR. Should be interesting…

Posted by Chris Young on 12/07 at 01:56 PM

Here is the official word from Chris McCloud, DNR spokesman:

“If the hunter shoots an antlered female deer, he/she must use an either-sex tag on the deer if at least one of the antlers is 3 inches or more in length.  The antlerless tag (sometimes referred to by hunters as a doe tag) is only for deer with no antlers or deer with antlers 3 inches in length or less. An antlered female deer with an antler at least three inches in length would also count towards his/her two antlered deer per year limit where applicable.”

Posted by Chris Young on 12/07 at 02:34 PM

It’s kind of funny that any Illinois hunter would have to ask if they could use their ANTLERLESS tag ?!? LMAO!!! DUH !!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/07 at 02:54 PM

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