A young whitetail buck, hearty, healthy, and bursting with energy was busily engaged in the frantic activity of the rut. Then his path crossed with that of some poachers. With a sound somewhat like that of a limb breaking the bow unleashed its deadly dart and a split second later an arrow carrying a broadhead sliced through the upper part of buck's right leg. Moments later the poachers sped away leaving their damage behind. Now learning to deal with his disability the buck limps along on three legs and tires easily. At times he will be seen kneeling to pasture and frequently lying down to rest.
Will he recover or will he be crippled for the remainder of his life? Only time will tell.