Wayne Douville was hunting when he saw what he thought was an 8-point buck. It wasn’t until later that he learned he’d found something even rarer.
As WLUK News reports, Douville was hunting in Wisconsin on Monday when he saw a familiar shape emerge from a “swampy area.” Two years earlier, Douville had glimpsed an 8-point buck, and he was certain that this was the same one. As he told WLUK:
“At 4:40, this buck stepped out, and I could see his antlers right away, and the body size, I knew who he was.”
Excited to have found it again, Douville fired twice and got his deer. But when he took a closer look later that day, the hunter saw he’d made a mistake. Douville told WLUK:
“When we hung him up to dress him out, we found out that he wasn’t a buck.”
It turns out that the buck was actually a 180-pound doe.
The chance of finding a doe that looks like a buck (including the antlers) is extremely small. Jeff Pritzl of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources estimates the odds at about one in 100,000, telling ABC 27 News:
“In deer, those females that might have a higher testosterone level it’s expressed with antler growth.”
Douville says that he only shoots bucks, but is glad that this particular doe fooled him. He plans to have the doe mounted and hopes his wife will let him put it in the living room (though he calls that a “long shot”). He told WLUK:
“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.’”