Huge deer that traveled South, crossed Mississippi River gets killed

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  • The deer had been tracked by researchers from Mississippi State University for study.
  • Buck No. 140 swam roughly one mile across the Mississippi River.
  • The large deer was the most famous in the state.

JACKSON, Miss. —  When a Mississippi hunter pulled the trigger on a large Delta buck, he harvested his biggest deer to date.

What he didn’t realize at the time was he’d also bagged what is probably the most famous deer in the state; Buck No. 140.

“We were talking about him on the way up,” said Trevor Martin of Hurley, Mississippi. “When you go in the woods you never know what you’ll see, but I never expected that to happen. That’s like winning the lottery. It’s like one in a million.”

Martin and friend Aaron Graham, also of Hurley, had been selected in a drawing to hunt the Ten Point Unit of Phil Bryant Wildlife Management Area, near the border with Louisiana. It’s an area named after what was once one of Mississippi’s oldest hunting clubs.

It’s also the winter haunt of Buck No. 140.

Buck No. 140's movements have been tracked for two years as a part of a deer study in the South Delta. Although his collar was recently found, researchers are still asking hunters to harvest him and have him tested for chronic wasting disease.

The story of Buck No. 140

Buck No. 140 was captured in the winter of 2020. He was outfitted with ear tags and a GPS collar for a study on deer movement conducted by Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

He caught the attention of researchers the following spring when he traveled 18 miles into Louisiana and swam roughly a mile across the Mississippi River along the way.



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