Organic Sculpture

“Late season BC bush buck. Unbelievable deer. I couldn’t be happier.”

This outstanding British Columbia muley buck showed up, last night, and as a connoisseur of antlers I was impressed. The color, the mass, the character are all there. It will not score high on the B&C scale but as the hunter says who wouldn’t be happy with it. I think it was Chuck Arnold, an early antler collector, who told me he considered antlers ‘organic sculpture’. This buck has all of that and more.

​Potential New State Record Typical for Indiana !!!!! Taken by Dustin Huff of Greenburg, Indiana on November 04, 2021. The 12 pointer was green scored at 212″

On the whitetail side, this is one of the best ones I have seen in a long tine. The B&C rewards length over mass, at the high end, but this buck is an exception. This one will score high, maybe, over 200 typical which is in the top few percent.

 

 

In the same vein, Daren Naish has a piece on fossil pronghorns, this week, on his excellent Tetrapod Zoology blog. All those variations on a theme are marvelous. Evolution sculpts and tinkers in wonderful ways.

When I see these organic sculpture results I am often reminded of BB’s, aka Denys Watkins-Pitchford, motto.

The wonder of the world
The beauty and the power,
The shapes of things,
Their colours, lights and shades,
These I saw.
Look ye also while life lasts.

Good advice for us all.

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