Greene County Bucks Fight To Their Death

Charlie Johnson's afternoon of shed hunting yielded the find of a lifetime.

Simone Gibson | February 26, 2019

On Feb. 10, Charlie Johnson, of Atlanta, discovered two deer, a 9-pointer and 7-pointer, that had locked up in a fight and died with their antlers stuck together.

That afternoon, Charlie set out to do a little shed hunting on his family’s private property in Greene County. During the course of his walk, he checked one of his trail cameras and noticed a few pictures that suggested some bucks had starting dropping their antlers. This encouraged Charlie to continue his search. He’d quickly make the best antler discovery of his life.

“I saw some bleached-out colors at about 60 yards, but I thought it was a rootball or something like that,” said Charlie. “I kept walking closer, and I knew it was definitely one or two antlers, maybe even a ‘dead head.’ As I got closer, I was like, ‘Oh my, this is it!’ I was so jacked up.”

Charlie went to share his news with his girlfriend and several family members who were on the property.

“At first when I told them, no one would believe me until they saw it for themselves,” said Charlie. “I was speechless, shocked, amazed, happy, elated. Finding two locked up dead heads like that is the find of a lifetime for me, so I couldn’t be happier.”

Charlie said he’s confident the antlers were from this past season.

There’s no squirrel bites on the antlers,” he said. “There’s no way they could of been there more than a few months without bite barks on the antlers.”

Charlie decided to keep his deer heads together versus pulling them apart.

“They’re still locked up and at my house,” said Charlie. “I think I am going to build a small stand for them and maybe put some leaves around them, kind of keep them natural like that. I just love looking for antlers and stuff like this, it’s the ultimate find for me.”

The downside would be that Charlie lost two good bucks, and his antler shed hunting could have hit its peak early in life.

“I hope I’ll be excited when I find a little ol’ antler next week,” said Charlie.

Charlie added that after speaking with some local friends in Greensboro that most of the bucks were still holding their antlers by the third week of February.

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1 Comment

  1. [email protected] on February 28, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Very cool find. Its been my experience that rodents rarely chew on antlers that are still attached to the skull. Congrats

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