Guns are not usually a deer’s best friend, but two bucks are alive in the woods of Minnesota thanks to weapons, and DNR conservation officers with extremely good aim.
On December 28 state conservation officer Jeremy Woinarowicz of Thief River Falls was notified that two bucks were locked together by their antlers in a field near Warren in Polk County.
When Woinarowicz arrived at the scene, he noticed that the larger buck had already died from the struggle, and the live buck was frantically trying to break free.
“I did not have any assistance and I did not want the buck to stay attached any longer,” Woinarowicz said.
“I recalled that several years ago conservation officer Greg Oldakowski of Wadena used his sidearm to shoot the antlers and free a couple of bucks that were locked together. I didn’t know if the buck that was still alive would survive the stress of roping, hog tying and sawing of antlers, so I decided to use the ‘Oldakowski Method.’”
Woinarowicz carefully shot multiple tines off of each of the bucks, but that was not enough to free them. He decided he needed more firepower.