When people talk about river monsters, I don’t think this is what they have in mind…
Matt Keller, founder of Old Hat Outdoors, set out for a little fly fishing trip the Boise River two weeks ago, hoping to catch some nice trout.
According to Meat Eater, the fish weren’t bitin’, but I’d say he got one hell of a trade off.
As he made his way down the river, he noticed something big caught in some brush. He made his way over, and discovered a mule deer carcass. This wasn’t any deer carcass, this thing was massive.
It was a massive 16-pt buck, and according to local hunters, people have been trying to get their hands on this giant creature for years. The deer was so big that Keller couldn’t haul it off himself, so he went back out the next day with a saw to take the antlers.
And another thing… the rotting carcass STUNK to high Heaven.
My intent was to film a sweet brown trout video. That didn’t happen. In fact, fishing sucked. However, what I stumbled upon while fishing the Boise River in town was something I would have never imagined finding. A huge, dead mule deer buck.
Idaho law allows antlers to be harvested off of animals that died of natural causes so after digging out the decaying deer we came back the next day to gather this impressive rack. What an impressive animal living right here in urban Boise, Idaho.
With 16 total points, this buck is by far the largest I’ve seen in town. I imagine he was king of the forest in these parts.
However after many offers were made for the antlers, Keller said he’s just happy for the incredible find and experience:
“The trophy has nothing to do with the antlers or skull to us… The value was in the experience and we wouldn’t change a thing.”
I mean this is the joy of nature right here. You go out for a fishing trip, and come back with some beautiful mule deer antlers.