The photograph displayed above, purportedly showing a 430-pound buck killed by a hunter, made its way around the Internet yet again in late 2014.
Although the photograph is real, the same can't be said for the descriptions that often accompany it. Since 2009, the image has been shared via message boards,
e-mail, and social media, along with various claims about the buck's weight and location. While the buck above has been rumored to weigh anywhere from
500 pounds, the most recent iteration claims it to be a 430-pound buck. The location of the deer also frequently changes: Over the years, rumors have placed the animal in both Maine and Ontario, while the current rumor claims the buck was killed in Hartford, Michigan.
The truth is the buck shown above was killed at a high-fence game farm in Wisconsin called Wilderness Whitetails in September 2009, and the photo seen here can be found in that game farm's trophy gallery.While no official weight was listed for the kill, wilderness preserve owner Shorty Flees told Field and Stream
Magazine in 2010 it was a 420-pound buck:
Yes, it is a legitimate buck. I mean, we are a high-fence operation, I want to be clear about that, but this is a real buck. It was taken
last September and weighed
420 pounds live-weight. The heaviest deer that's ever been shot on our place. Our client hunted this deer
for 11 days. We'd had very warm weather and this buck just would leave his bed in a cedar swamp during the day. But it finally cooled
off, and the hunter caught the buck making its way from the swamp to a food plot. He was so pumped, he just went nuts. He was
kissing the deer.