Hughesville, Mo -- A deer hunting party armed with ropes and a battery-powered saw began tracking their quarry on Jan. 21 with hopes of helping two large white-tail deer live.
The night before, two bucks were spotted on Alan Meyer’s farm with their antlers locked together, about 12 miles north of Sedalia in the Hughesville area. They apparently became entangled during a fight, exhaustion and starvation their apparent fate.
“Quite a few us, we’ve all deer hunted together, and everybody just wanted to see them turned loose,” he said.
They found the tangled 8- and 10-point bucks, but the deer ran from the rescue party, crashing through a few fences and at one time being astraddle a fence with antlers locked.
The deer fell down a few times and the hunting party tried to put a rope around their rear feet to hold them still, but the deer managed to get up.
“But we stayed with it and got ‘er done,” he said. “It was a once in a lifetime experience.”