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Fighting bucks entangled by antlers freed by hunter

WETAUG, IL (KFVS) -

If a typical deer hunter found two bucks in his sights, he might be tempted to pull the trigger. One Heartland deer hunter did quite the opposite.

Sikeston, Mo. resident Eric Yant set out to hunt deer on Saturday morning at a family hunting ground near rural Wetaug, Ill.

Twenty feet below his blind, he heard two animals fighting.

"Really loud, really obnoxious sounds coming from the deer and they were crashing into trees, making all kinds of guttural noises," Yant said.

When the sun rose, Yant found two young bucks locked to each other by their antlers.

Yant said it appeared one of the deer was going to die.

After three hours of listening to them struggle, he decided to intervene.

“Out of the pair, one was obviously badly injured, but the other one was fine… aside from being stuck,” Yant said. 

According to Yant, hunters don't typically shoot at every deer they see.

“We watch more deer from the stand than we would ever shoot. [Hunting] is not just about shooting an animal, it’s about being close to nature.”

Yantz did tag one of the deer, which was already badly injured.

His children named the deer that got away "Elliot."

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