Bold strategy cotton… and it paid off.
According to Field & Stream, Kansas game warden Ryan Twellman was called to a farm near Rantoul, where he came across a wild scene…
Two whitetail bucks that had gotten their antlers locked together during a fight.
Once he arrived, he noticed that one was already dead, but the other was still alive, trying its best to untangle itself.
Twellman told the outlet:
“The dead deer was only half a deer. Both of its hindquarters had been scavenged by coyotes.”
When Twellman approached the alive buck, it attempted to flee, but the dead buck had gotten caught up in a barbed wire fence.
He said that was when he tried to free the buck in the best way he could. And by best way, I mean shooting off its antlers:
“That’s what allowed me to get close enough to take the shot. I was as surprised as anyone that it actually worked.”
From 15 yards away, Twellman fired a shot, and perfectly connected with the buck’s main beam.
He admitted he was afraid he was gonna miss the antlers, and accidentally shoot the buck in the head:
“I was worried I was going to brain the live deer, and it would end up all over Facebook.”
Nevertheless, Twellman was successful, and the buck was able to run off freely.