Stan Ethredge is pictured with ‘Big Nasty,’ the non-typical buck he harvested in the Arlington community on October 20.
Stan Ethredge is pictured with ‘Big Nasty,’ the non-typical buck he harvested in the Arlington community on October 20.
Stan Ethredge knew he had killed a special deer Oct. 20 on family property in the Arlington community.

He just didn’t realize how special it would turn out to be.

Ethredge has hunted all of his life. For the past couple of years, he and his neighbors were aware that a buck with an unusual non-typical rack was living in the woods amongst them.

Normally, bucks shed their antlers every year and grow them back, starting in April or May. Ethredge explained the male hormone testosterone causes the antler growth to stop during the summer. Then as the blood supply to the antlers dries up, the velvet that covers the antlers dies and either sheds off, or the deer rubs it off.

Ethredge and his neighbors noticed over time that this deer’s antlers did not fall off. And, they still had the velvet on them. They were still growing.

“I was getting pictures of him and my neighbors were getting pictures, and I knew something was wrong,” Ethredge said. “He had several abnormal points. I saw him three times. I had an encounter with him last year. I took a shot but he got away.”

Ethredge and his neighbors named the deer “Big Nasty.” When deer season came around, the hunt was on.

In October, Ethredge said he was on vacation in Gatlinburg and was getting ready to come home.

“I got a text from a buddy that he had spotted the deer,” Ethredge said. “I got home, took a shower and then went down to one of my shoot houses. Right before dark, a doe stepped out into a green patch. Before long, he stepped out.”

Ethredge said “Big Nasty” was grazing around the patch. When he got within 30 yards of the shoot house, Ethredge took him with his crossbow.

“He ran off. I gave him a few minutes and then I stepped down. I called dad and friends,” Ethredge said. “They came down with 4-wheelers and lights. I went down to the patch and found blood. I followed the trail and he was about 75 yards away.”

When Ethredge had the state biologist take a look at the deer, he thought maybe he had killed a deer of a life time.

“He told me this is ‘the deer of many lifetimes,’” Ethredge said.

They believe the deer did not shed its antlers because he didn’t have any testicles – thus, he could not generate any testosterone and the antlers kept growing.

“They were not there; he must have torn them on a fence or something,” Ethredge said.

The deer weighed around 190 pounds. The rack 36 points and was scored at 227 3/8 inches.

Ethredge, 47, grew up in south Jackson but his family has Neshoba County roots. After he was grown, his parents moved back to family land in the Arlington community in the north part of the county. In 1998, he joined them. He still works in Jackson as captain in the fire department.