Oconto, WI – A Wisconsin hunter thought he shot himself a large buck, only to discover he shot quite the rare deer. Now he plans to stuff it and put it in his living room.
“The deer came up out of the swampy area.” said Wayne Douville.
Wayne Douville says he first saw the deer two years ago. He believes it returned Monday afternoon.
“At 4:40pm, this buck stepped out, and I could see his antlers right away, and the body size, I knew who he was.” said Wayne Douville.
Two shots later, Douville had his deer.
Mel Buckmaster owns the land.
“My reaction was ‘yeah, right.’ Then we went and looked at it. It’s definitely a doe.” said Mel Buckmaster.
The eight-point doe weighed 180 pounds.
“This is the trophy of a lifetime. I said to my wife last night, you could live 10 lifetimes and not have this happen to you.” said Wayne Douvill.
So how common is this phenomenon?
“I would say probably about a one in 100,000 chance. It’s just a matter of a higher level of testosterone hormone than a normal female would have, and it expresses itself in a masculine way.” said Jeff Pritzl, District Wildlife Supervisor For The Wisconsin Department Of Natural Resources.
So how do you tag it?
“A deer with antlers three inches or longer is considered an adult buck from a carcass standpoint.” said Jeff Pritzl.
“There was no way to analyze this thing, obviously. It was just I saw the deer, the horns, I knew it was the deer I was after, and I took the shot. I’m going to have a full-body mount done on it, and I hope my wife will let me put it in the living room, although that’s a long shot.” said Wayne Douville.