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ISSUE 103

Barbwire Buck

It was opening day of the 2016 Arizona archery deer season and I was 30 yards into the blood trail left behind by a stud Coues’ deer I had just made a perfect shot on. The blood trail was easy to follow and I was excited to get my hands on the velvet antlers of this amazing buck. It led me to a four-strand barbed wire fence and the tracks in the soft dirt seemed to tell a story. Apparently, the buck had stumbled as he neared the fence, causing him to go under the fence, which is unusual for a Coues’ deer. Upon closer inspection, the bottom strand of barbed wire was freshly broken.