Edwards County Times Advocate photo.
Antlered doe shot south of Olney
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.
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.