I got a phone call today from a farmer that I shoot for. He said they were starting to combine a wheat field but were having problems with a Roe Deer that was injured and kept walking in front of the combine, could I come along and have a look?
I turned up at the field and found this poor buck. The smell was really bad and I couldn't believe it was still alive! No doubt a puncture wound from another buck that has become infected and fly blown. I put the poor thing out of its suffering and took these pics.
It's antlers were covered in eggs and the skull has a layer of maggots over it and had an exposed area all around the coronetts. It was a nice 7 point head.
A local keeper found a buck similar to this last year. When he drove up to it the buck walked into the side of his landrover. Holding it's head low with maggots dropping from it's nose and eyes! He kept the skull which is a freak silver medal.