Lake Waco deer found dead in the lakebed by park ranger. A TPWD biologist took these pictures. Deer scored 216 net. 5.5 years old. He estimated it had been submerged for 1-2 years.
I had No idea there are deer this big around Waco.
A little more to the story
This Lake Waco non-typical monster scored 224 2/8 Boone and Crockett points. The buck's head and antlers were found by a woman looking for a place to fish near the lake. Lucky for us, drought conditions exposed the record-setting pair of deer antlers that can be considered a genuine wonder of nature. They are the largest antlers on record found in McLennan County, Texas, according to the Boone and Crockett Club.
The antlers were actually discovered in December 2005 by Cindy Parongao, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers volunteer, while she was searching for a new fishing hole near the twin bridges area on the south side of Lake Waco. The land surrounding the lake is protected from hunting and this allows deer to live longer and grow larger antlers.
Based on a set of thorough measurements by Boone and Crockett officials, the antlers scored 224 and two-eighths points, making them the 21st largest on record in the state of Texas since the 1830s. If you are in the area, the antlers will go on display in a couple of weeks at the Lake Waco Wetlands Research and Education Center, 1752 Eichelberger Crossing Road.
They say that often the biggest ones die of old age - this certainly is an example of that!
What a great find, especially for low fence
He could have been shot because deer head to water when they are wounded. That area of the lake is over run with poachers. I have had a run in with a few of them when the Corp of Engineers allowed hunting around the South Bosque and Hog Creek area. By the way, that is a great place to dove hunt as well. Sorry to hear they have closed it off to hunting.