No Photoshop conspiracy theory here. Gordon Murph killed this big-nosed buck in Escambia County, AL last January. David Murph said of the weird critter his uncle shot, “Other than the swollen face, he was healthy. He had plenty of fat on him. I've been told that back in October, a neighboring club got pictures of this same buck on a game camera, and he had the swollen nose then.”
The buck had a disease that is being tracked by the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the Univ. of Georgia. Scattered cases of big-nosed deer have been reported across the South and up to Delaware. Scientists say it appears to be a bacterial infection. It is affecting few deer at this point, and they don’t see any grave impacts to herd health yet.
But officials want to know more. If you or a buddy were to shoot a Big Nose this fall, take it to the nearest wildlife agency so they can extract tissue samples. Don’t freeze the head, because that ruins the samples.
Then mount that thing as is--imagine the looks and comments your Buckwinkle would get!