In the spring we wrote about a young man in Saskatchewan who had uncovered one hell of a shed antler.  Quinten Saunders, 19, of Prince Albert, found the shed antler of a lifetime, denoted by seriously thick mass and multiple-pronged brow tines.

“When I found the shed, I knew we had something big to hunt in the fall,” Saunders told us.

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Saunders with the shed in the spring of 2016.

As with any notable shed antler find, it definitely adds something very special to the following fall’s hunt.  Knowing that such a monster existed kept Saunders and his hunting buddies motivated all through the summer months as they spent numerous hours afield trying to track this notorious buck.

The hard work paid off.

Toward the end of November, Saunders was hunting an area he believed held the deer and had a close encounter with another notable buck, but not the one he was after.  The following morning, on a hunch, he set out to the same spot.  At around 9am on November 22, the big buck made his first and last mistake and Saunders harvested the very buck he’d been tracking for the prior seven-or-so months.

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Saunders with both the antler and the buck. Image: Supplied

“We hunted hard every day working on our goal to harvest that deer with the antlers still on his head,” Saunders noted.

Closing the loop on an antler shed is never an easy task, especially with a high-caliber deer such as this one.  Kudos to Quinten for putting in the work and having everything to show for it.