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Lord of the woods was really a lady

December 10, 1997

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) _ When he shot the deer from 45 yards away, Roy Kaylor could see he’d bagged something special: an enormous eight-point buck. When he lifted the deer’s legs, he learned something else entirely.

The he was a she _ a doe with antlers.

``You probably couldn’t print my reaction,″ he said Tuesday. ``Oh boy, were we surprised.″

Kaylor, 34, who killed the deer with a 12-gauge shotgun on Nov. 28, met with disbelief when he described his discovery to other hunters.

``I told ‘em, `Hey, move that leg yourself.’ They were astonished,″ he said.

About one in every 1,000 deer with antlers might be actually be a doe, said state wildlife biologist Mike Bailey.

``It’s rare but not unheard of,″ Bailey said. ``They are truly females, but they have testosterone in their bodies to produce antlers.″

Kaylor’s deer weighed 289 pounds, about 100 pounds heavier than the average doe.

But all that deer didn’t produce an ounce of venison. The doe had been wounded earlier by some other hunter, and had suffered organ damage.

``It spoiled the whole meat,″ Kaylor said. ``I didn’t get anything out of it.″

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