I was fortunate enough to take “37” on August 27th at 9 yards. I talked to the local biologist, Corey Heath; he informed me that here in central Oregon, the purple tag indicates an animal that has been tagged because of an incident.
On December 10, 2012, 37 and a non-typical buck were locked after fighting and getting their antlers locked with rope in them; the biologist believed that one of the bucks had become tangled then began fighting with the other buck. When the bio arrived, the non-typical buck was dead.
He tranquilized 37, they cut the other buck off his rack, tagged him and aged him between 4.5 and 6.5 years old and then sent him on his way, with a new piece of jewelry. Biologist Heath also said that his face was cut up as well as his hear…you can see how they healed in the photo.
I shot the buck 2-3 miles from where he was tagged, so he wasn’t traveling too far between winter and summer areas.
Pretty cool to know the details on this awesome animal; I truly feel blessed to have harvested 37, to have hundreds of photos of him and now even know what happened to him before I knew he was around. Blessed I am!