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Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by J.D., Jan 12, 2016.

  1. J.D.

    J.D. New Member

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    I killed a 160" buck yesterday evening. It's was in the mid 20's when I shot it. I watched him run 30 yards and tip over. Had the buck field dressed and in the truck in 30 minutes. Got up and had the buck at the slaughterhouse this morning. When the butcher hoisted the buck I was in shock. Anywhere the buck had friction with the ground the hair was gone. I didn't drag it 2 miles behinds 4 wheeler. I drug it 75 yards downhill thru the woods. I didn't see the hair missing last night because that side was facing down in my truck. After seeing this I began pulling the hair at various places on the animal. It came out easily. It's as if the buck was recovered after laying in warm weather for a day. I am totally lost as to what caused this. It's as if the Bucks hair let go immediately upon his death. I have trail cam pics of him Sunday night and he looks fine. Fat and healthy. What could cause a deer's hair to sloth off immediately after it died in sub freezing temperatures? To be honest I'm leery of the meat. I'd post a pic but it says file size is too big.
     
  2. J.D.

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  4. J.D.

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    The video in the first reply works. Don't know why it says it's been removed. Push play anyway. Here is the side I drug it out on. Not very far on soft leaves.
     
  5. cyclone

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    I'd be willing to bet a soda pop that it froze to the bed of the truck and the missing hair is still there...

    (Yox will have a good answer.)
     
  6. J.D.

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    Nope. This happened on the short drag to the truck. As you can see in the video clip the hair will pull out anywhere you try to pull on it.
     
  7. cyclone

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    Yea, well there are chunks of skin missing as well.

    Nice buck.

    Down our way we call that road rash.
     
  8. NJTrapper

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    This is just a guess, is there a lot of heat transfer thru the bed of your truck from an exhaust pipe too close to the bottom of the bed? Was it like that when you dropped it off at the butcher?
     
  9. Paul B

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    You have skin missing not just hair, looks like you dragged it with a quad going 50 miles an hour for however far. That's not hair slip, that's carcass shaving. And yes you can pull hairs out on any dead deer.
     
  10. J.D.

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    You don't understand. This happened before the deer was loaded into the truck. In the 75 yard downhill drag to the truck.
     
  11. J.D.

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    No hair in the bed of the truck
     
  12. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    It almost looks like a coyote has been chewing on it. It's down to the meat like Paul said.
     
  13. cyclone

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    Where's the skin that's missing?

    Coyotes will start at the arse end...

    Road rash.
     
  14. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    There are some people on here that aren't reading or comprehending what you have stated. It sounds like the deer had something wrong with it that was causing the hair to fall out way too easily. You will likely have to use a replacement cape on that one if the hair is falling out by the face, neck or shoulders.
     
  15. oldboar

    oldboar Taxidermy...do the impossible:)

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    Hello,

    No way that happened dragging it out.

    Could you see that side of the deer when you shot it? My guess is hit by a vehicle, and lost the hide before you ever shot it.

    Jim
     
  16. J.D.

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    Here is trail cam photos from the deer the night before I shot him. As he walked in he appeared fine.
     
  17. Paul B

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    Something is not right over there, that deer looks like it got hit by a car, see that every day around here, maybe the day you shot it and didn't notice it as the deer fell on that side. No dragging by hand will cause that, your down to the muscle on the back end. Old boar got it before I posted. Blunt trauma could cause hair to be loose. Also the meat will tell when skinned if it was blunt trauma as there will be blood soaked meat in that area and on the skin side. Otherwise, no clue.
     
  18. cyclone

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    And you are obviously one of them. Where'd the skin go?
     
  19. cyclone

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    Road rash... ;)
     
  20. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    im going car,truck hit the day you shot him. the way the hair looks like it got shaved off. seen it a lot.