Skip to main content

2 bucks have been found in North Dakota this winter with severed deer heads caught in antlers

To find one is unlikely, to find two is insane.

Just a normal winter in North Dakota, finding deer wandering around with the severed heads of other deer caught in their antlers.

Wait, what?

That's what's happened not once, but twice in the past six weeks across the border.

The Forum News Service reported a couple weeks ago that a trail cam captured footage dating back to late December of a buck dragging around the decapitated head of another deer in its antlers near Walhalla.

And then just this week, Jason Cosley, of Pembina, came across another deer stuck in the same predicament.

He uploaded the following pictures and videos to Facebook on Wednesday, which you can see at the bottom of this page (be warned, the images are graphic).

How did this happen?

The cause of both deer deaths is subject to speculation.

Jim Brown, who found the first deer, suggested to the Forum News Service that the deer might have lost its head during the fall rut as it sparred over mates.

As for the one Cosley found, he said on his Facebook post he thinks coyotes got to it (some time ago given the exposed vertebrae hanging down from the head.)

"Thought the deer was dead at first until I got up to it and it started trying to walk away, no idea how long they’ve been stuck together but the coyotes sure did a number on the other one," he wrote.

He then disentangled the head from the deer.

He told the Forum that judging by the racks and how they were entangled, it's a different deer from the one found in Walhalla.

Next Up

Tony Oliva

Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat are finally heading to Cooperstown

The Twins legends were elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday night.

Tanner Morgan

Report: Gophers to play in Guaranteed Rate Bowl

The Gophers will reportedly head to Phoenix to take on West Virginia.

Adam Thielen

Winless Lions beat Vikings on final play of game

Adam Thielen also left early with an ankle injury

Payton Willis / Gopher Basketball

Gophers improve to 7-0 on Willis' late 3-pointer

The Gophers earned back-to-back road victories for the first time since January 2017.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Woman in critical condition after being shot in the head in St. Paul

Officers responded to the incident at around 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

Alexander Mattison

Vikings-Lions: 5 things you can count on

It's a great time for the Vikings to play the Lions.


Omicron variant confirmed in Wisconsin man who traveled to South Africa

Five other cases have been confirmed and linked to a Wisconsin wedding.

Sharon Mollerus - duluth - snow plow car

Sunday snowstorm walloping MN's North Shore with huge totals

Just ridiculous snow totals expected the rest of Sunday.

Screen Shot 2021-12-05 at 6.49.03 AM

Saturday snow causes havoc on Twin Cities roads

There were countless spinouts and crashes across Minnesota.

Kirill Kaprizov

Wild win battle of NHL's hottest teams, extend winning streak to six

Kirill Kaprizov delivered a shootout winner to take down the Maple Leafs.


2-headed deer found in MN is unique in natural history

A mushroom hunter found them near Freeburg in 2016.

white-tailed deer

Two special deer hunts will be held in Minnesota to combat CWD

The hunts will be held the two weekends after Christmas.

These thieves have been stealing deer stands near Duluth

They were caught on a hunter's trail camera.

Compass saves a hunter who got lost in the woods

He got separated from his hunting party in northern Minnesota.

Compass saves a hunter who got lost in the woods

He got separated from his hunting party in northern Minnesota.

White tail deer

Virus from midges has been causing deer deaths in Minnesota

Two deaths have been confirmed, and several more are suspected.