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Horn-locked bucks lose in dual to the death

It's not quite as rare as discovering two unicorns, but to find a couple bucks horn-locked on your land is still pretty uncommon. Ray Hendrickx was working a sunflower field where he farms near Butler when he came across, what he thought at the t...

It's not quite as rare as discovering two unicorns, but to find a couple bucks horn-locked on your land is still pretty uncommon.

Ray Hendrickx was working a sunflower field where he farms near Butler when he came across, what he thought at the time, one deer hanging out in the sunflowers. A closer look revealed two bucks, horn-locked, one dead and one about as close to dead as possible.

Knowing it's not everyday a guy finds two decent sized bucks (an 8-pointer and a 9-pointer) locked together in his field, Ray dragged the carcasses to an open area on the farm for a better look. It was a pretty unique find, and in these parts, plenty of people would be interested.

Ray called his wife, Mary, who rushed to the farm from their home with youngest boy, Ethan, who was about as excited as a kid could be in looking at two dead deer.

It didn't take long for friends and neighbors to stop by for a look at the horn-locked warriors. Of course, each offered up their theories as to how and why this happened. One of the bucks had a drop tine and that was the leading cause of the deadly entanglement, this according to one local outdoors expert and CSI enthusiast. She also estimated the time of death at about 12 hours.

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There's nothing unique about bucks sparring, and there's usually a story or two each year about somebody finding a couple bucks horn-locked, but it's still pretty cool to see in person.

Each year in the fall bucks fight and occasionally their antlers lock together. It usually happens during rut when the bucks are competing for mates, which makes this case a little unusual since it's so early in the fall.

If nothing else, it makes for a good story and gives the local hunters something more to talk about this season.

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