A Mississippi hunter has a true freak of nature to mount in his trophy room after bringing down a massively antlered, 36-point buck.
Stan Ethredge, who killed the deer with a crossbow (as one does), told USA Today he'd been eyeing the mammoth beast for some time.
"I've been getting pictures of him for at least four years now. He was a big 6-point four years ago. He dropped his antlers and grew six points again. After the second year he was a 6-point, I figured that was all he was going to be."
But this deer's antlers had a LOT more growing to do.
While hunting during opening day of deer season, Ethredge spotted the beast.
"I saw him opening day and it was right at dark and I didn't want to mess him up," he said. "I just watched him."
It wasn't until October 20 that the he got a clean shot at the monstrous deer with a crossbow.
"I decided to hunt that evening because the deer thought I was at work," he said said. "It was about dark and a doe stepped out."
"She walked toward me, and he stepped out. He got about 30 yards from me. I was telling my self to keep my composure. My heart was beating out of my chest."
"As soon as I got the crosshairs on him, I shot."
Wildlife expert William McKinley suspect that a lack of testosterone caused the deer's ridiculous rack.
"It's not common, but it's not uncommon," McKinley said. "It could have been disease. It could have been a number of things. If a deer doesn't have testosterone the antlers continue to grow."
Whatever the reason, Ethredge can sleep soundly knowing shot the buck of a lifetime...and put your last game of Big Buck Hunter to shame.
h/t: Bro Bible