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Okie Cactus Buck

by North American Whitetail Online Staff   |  November 21st, 2011 8

Russell Nickel has been deer hunting for more than 30 years and has gotten to the point where it takes a special buck for him to pull the trigger. He’s put several nice deer on the ground where he hunts in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, which sits just south of the Kansas border, but this past Saturday, he saw a buck unlike any he’d ever seen before.

While sitting atop a small sandhill in a box tower with his son-in-law, the duo spotted a massive cactus buck that had Nickel doing double take after double take, unsure of what the heck he was even looking at.

“I was looking at this buck and trying to figure out what was going on,” shared Nickel, “I knew there was something weird about him.”

The buck was so odd that Nickel thought the buck’s rack was wrapped up in twine or something else.

“I thought there was stuff wrapped up in his rack. I could see that he was fairly wide and had some mass, it just didn’t make sense. I almost didn’t shoot him as I’d never seen anything like this before. I couldn’t take it anymore and decided to shoot this thing,” reported Nickel.

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After dropping the buck with his trusty Remington Model 7400, Nickel recovered the deer with his son-in-law and called the game warden saying, “You have to come look at this buck, I don’t even know how to check this deer in…he’s like an alien or something.”

A cactus buck is a deer that has a condition called cryptorchidism, which results in velvet remaining on antlers and continuing to grow throughout the year. The condition generally occurs to bucks that have irregular testicles or have incurred testicular damage, which impacts testosterone levels. Testosterone regulates antler growth and development.

  • deerslayer1957

    saw a deer just like this one, here in mo. montgomery county. strange fella arent they.

  • Carrie Winfield

    This is awesome…I got the deer story of my life when I came into work this morning!!! I think it's unique, weird and beautiful all at the same time!!! Thanks for sharing the pictures and story behind this COOL deer!!!

  • Lynette Shuck Nelson

    This is something else, I've never seen anything like this before. Thanks Carrie for sharing.

  • denote17dylan

    wow never seen anything like it before

  • Dennis A. McDade

    What a freak,I hope thats goin on the wall.

  • mr. green

    i killed a buck like this in green co. ga. at redlands wma in 1996

  • stephhance001

    Some of these deer may have been from as far north as the Great Lakes region to as far west as Texas, yet are also quite at home in the Appalachian and Piedmont regions of the south. These deer over time have intermixed with the local indigenous deer populations. -Missed Fortune

  • djdarwin

    “I couldn’t take it anymore”………so you killed it. Never seen anything like it before… you shot it. What a knuckle head!

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