27 Point...Doe????

By: Andrew Switzer
By: Andrew Switzer

Have you ever heard of such a thing?  The Clay Center Dispatch reports that a 27 point doe was taken...yes doe.  What do you think of this?













Clay Center resident Mike Smith has shot a 27-point doe with antlers still covered in velvet.

That's right -- a doe.

"It's a real oddity," Wakefield taxidermist Tom Bowman said, who confirmed the find. "It's very, very rare."

Smith plans to do a full-body mount to show the uniqueness of the find. A full body mount would be highly valued.

Up to 30 points are rare, but not unheard of, on bucks, let alone on a doe. While does with antlers are not uncommon, several hunters have reported shooting them, usually between a couple points to 14 points.

"It's not unheard of, it does occur on a doe occasionally," Bowman said.

Smith's doe is unusual not only in number of points, but also in that is an asymmetrical, nontypical rack with 11 points on one side and 16 on the other.

"There's a lot of abnormal points," he said. "It's very non-typical."

The doe's rack netted a score of 128, Bowman said. To get the net score on a nontypical rack, the differences in paired points, circumferences, and beam lengths are deducted from the gross score, in which all the point lengths, inside spread, beam lengths, and circumferences are added up for total inches.

Bowman said it's normal for antlers on does to be covered in velvet. "They usually don't shed the velvet," he said.

Missouri hunter Howard Becker, Saroxi, shot a 28-point doe with low-hanging antlers still covered in velvet in November 2006, according to a post on www.huntingbc.ca. Becker preserved the hide and antlers, but did not do a full-body mount.

"This doe jumped the fence and I knew it didn't look exactly right, and I thought about not shooting it, but then thought, we don't need it in the gene pool," Becker said on the post.

Kansas bow hunter Darren Jenson, Hoyt, shot a 33-point buck last month, according to a Topeka Capital Journal article.

Smith was unavailable for comment by press time today.

©Clay Center Dispatch 2008

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