Michael Lalonde shot what he thought was his first trophy buck in 2020, and like everything else in 2020 it was a “train wreck.”
Many people are not aware that a female deer can occasionally have antlers. This happens very rarely. Most of the time, the doe is actually a hermaphrodite or a deer with both parts or has a condition called Freemartin Syndrome.
Freemartin syndrome occurs when a female twin(XX) acquires the male (XY) component in utero by exchange of some cellular material from a male twin, via vascular connections between placentas. In most cases, the freemartin is rendered sterile. Most of what we know about the condition comes from cattle where it seems to be more common than with deer.
Michael Lalonde was hunting a piece of public land in Ohio when he first came across a deer that did not seem right. It did not shed its velvet and it was walked around with fawns. The deer also had a crazy rack with no resemblance to a normal buck. Putting all these things together inspired Michael to come up with a fitting for that deer, Train Wreck 2020.
In a conversation with Michael, he told me all about this deer. This is his first trophy “buck”, and it was taken with a crossbow. It has 22 scorable points that score 191 on the BTR scale, making it the second-largest antlered doe and the largest velvet doe of all time! The most interesting part of this deers rack is the drop tine that was still growing, Michael described it as “soft and squishy!”
The largest antler doe was killed in 2014 by Doug Laird, you can read about that here.
Of all the trophy deer we have covered here on the hunting news, this may be the most interesting one. When he gets the deer mounted, we will bring you a bunch more pictures.
Congratulations Michael on the awesome deer. We can not wait to see it when it comes back from the taxidermist.