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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is investigating after a buck was sighted in Hendersonville poking out of its head with a crossbow bolt.
Photos of the adult buck recently began circulating on social media, prompting a response from TWRA.
“While this agency does not make a habit of going out and treating every injured animal, this animal was in need and we felt we could make a difference,” said TWRA’s Barry Cross.
According to a press release, TWRA wildlife officials located and sedated the buck before extracting the bolt and administering medicine. Cross told WKRN the buck only sustained an injury to his nasal cavity.
TWRA officials believe the buck was shot by a would-be poacher out of season. The agency is aware of several instances each year of people hunting out of season, but the situations aren’t always as obvious as these.
“The laws are in place, so everyone follows the same rules, they walk the same path, and when the hunting season starts, everyone has an equal opportunity,” Cross said.
TWRA reminded residents that deer season does not begin until August 26-28, when licensed hunters can participate in a private land hunt for antler deer.
TWRA wants anyone with information about this incident to email the Sumner County Wildlife Officer, Montana Michelson, or call the Region II office at (615) 781-6622.
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