500 pound deer killed in Simpson County!
    12/31/2011
   By: MageeNews.com  







500 pound deer killed in Simpson County!


Five guys and a deer!

 Yep, it took five "grown" men to drag this 500 pound deer out of the woods in Simpson County.  Not only did the deer weigh a "ton," almost everything about the deer was strange----long hair, long nose bridge, only two points….odd hoofs.

William Magee shot the deer on private land in Simpson County.  The deer had a 21" spread but only two points!  When William found the deer, he knew immediately he had found something he could not handle by himself.  Friends Lance Hayes, J. M. Hooker, Fredrick Whitlock, and Bobby Applewhite came to William's aid….literally dragging the deer until they could get it loaded in a truck (which wasn't very easy).

I always knew we grew things larger than life in Simpson County-----now I believe I've seen the "biggest ever" deer harvested in our county!

Keep those deer pictures coming….and like Bobby and friends….just bring the entire deer by my house---there's always a camera ready!

Pictured are Lance Hayes, J. M. Hooker, William Magee, and Bobby Applewhite

Bobby Applewhite

"The Shooter"----William Magee

Lance Hayes and William Magee


(I received this from Tina and Gaila Garrett)

Hey Sue:
 
Our brother has a deer ranch in Texas, and I sent him a picture of the deer to see if he knew what it might be.  He said it looks like a Sika or stag sika cross, or could be a Pier David deer whatever the heck that is...  anyway just thought I would share.
 
Thanks,
 
Gaila and Tina





  38 Comments on "500 pound deer killed in Simpson County! "

  1. On 12/31/2011 3:13:00 PM Pamela Taylor Said:

I think you should record everything about it, but then when it is cut up for food, donate what you and your families cannot eat to the local Homeless Shelter or similar to help others!
  2. On 12/31/2011 4:09:00 PM Frances Said:

All I can say is WOW!!
  3. On 1/1/2012 6:44:00 AM OsuDD Said:

That looks like a Red deer. Or a Swamp Donkey. Wicked
  4. On 1/1/2012 11:10:00 AM el Said:

That looks like some kind of african plains animal...definitely doesn't look like a white tail or a mule deer...strange things are being found in Simpson county lately..Congrats to Mr. Magee for this unusual kill...
  5. On 1/1/2012 11:11:00 AM James Said:

Not a whitetail. Looks like the Red Deer the man in Marion County raises.
  6. On 1/1/2012 8:16:00 PM Mike Said:

Looks like a young red stag.
  7. On 1/1/2012 9:42:00 PM John Said:

Obviously not a whitetail. Somebody is missing an exotic from their farm somewhere.
  8. On 1/2/2012 11:57:00 AM Judy Said:

I thought Red Deer was small.. He is way too big to be a Red Deer..
  9. On 1/2/2012 12:32:00 PM Big D Said:

Santa is missing one of his Reindeer. William will not be getting anything from Santa next Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. On 1/2/2012 7:27:00 PM JSullivan Said:

its definately not a whitetail! Red Deer/Red Stag are large animals about the size of a rather small horse, equivilant to an elk sized animal. I've never seen a pere david's deer in person but thats what it really looks like.

There is a high fence over in Copiah County, I believe its on the west side of 55 but MIGHT not be, called Hickory Hills. They dont have pere david's deer there though.

If its a pere david's deer that guy got off cheap! A pere david's deer hunt in texas will set ya back around $15,000!

  11. On 1/2/2012 8:05:00 PM Michael Holifield Said:

It's a red deer stag, he's young because he's a spike. They can reach 400-500 pounds. Probably got out of some ones high fence. In Mississippi the are considered domestic livestock like a cow , you need owner premission to shoot them even on your land . Call the board of animal health they handle that stuff.
  12. On 1/2/2012 8:37:00 PM Ashley Said:

There is a deer pen in Harrisville that has mule deer and red deer. It appears this big guy escaped!
  13. On 1/3/2012 7:17:00 AM Burt Said:

happy boys
  14. On 1/3/2012 10:01:00 AM rebsfan4 Said:

I think it's a "squatch" deer. Dang bigfoot done come down here breeding with our whitetails!!! :-O
  15. On 1/3/2012 5:23:00 PM tom. Said:

Look at photos of red deer. They grow horns like elk! Too bad, he was just a pup.
  16. On 1/3/2012 5:40:00 PM jennie Said:

go daddy you got a big one
  17. On 1/3/2012 5:43:00 PM jennie Said:

wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. i love iiiiiiiiittttttttttttttttt
  18. On 1/3/2012 6:19:00 PM CyrraMcgee Said:

Yeah! go daddy you killed a big one. I am so proud of you
  19. On 1/3/2012 7:47:00 PM bj Said:

That thing is almost scary to look at!! WOW. OMG!!
  20. On 1/3/2012 9:54:00 PM Houston stringer Said:

Call Doug wade at whitetails lodge I'm sure it's his it's a red stag we raise them but I'm sure he could tell you if it's his
  21. On 1/5/2012 5:06:00 PM Jimmy hotard Said:

It looks like a red stag. But could possibly be one of them sika deer. There are red stags in marion county mr. willie strickland raises them. But whatever it is congrats on the kill brother.!
  22. On 1/5/2012 5:33:00 PM rick Said:

It's a Red deer stag, probably never developed and about 5 years old. Poor specimen due to interbreeding. He'll eat good though.
  23. On 1/6/2012 11:42:00 AM Brandon Said:

Somebody needs to tell these guys that it is ILLEGAL to shoot spikes regardless of how big the body is. LOL! Unbelievable.
  24. On 1/7/2012 3:43:00 AM Tyler Said:

It is either a Barasingha or more likely a Sambar deer.
These animals are native to India and southeast Asia respectively.

Somebody is DEFFINATLY missing an animal.


  25. On 1/7/2012 4:09:00 AM Tyler Said:

Seriously? Your first inclination was to kill it, instead of finding out who it belongs to?

You probably could have walked out there with a bucket of sweet feed and he would have walked up to you and let you scratch his head while he ate from the bucket. He may even be halter broke.

Come on guys! Really ?


  26. On 1/7/2012 2:36:00 PM trisha Said:

We have had a couple of red stags seen in Lincoln Co., and one was shot last year. Since we don't have a season on them, it's not illegal to kill them even if they are spikes.
  27. On 1/8/2012 4:11:00 PM chris lane Said:

its sure not a whitetail, research looks like a red deer stag. point is if its not whitetail therefore it is not under the game and fish rules of no spikes because that is for whitetails. if these guys own or rent the land its killed on they have the right to kill it and also in mississippi we have fence laws so if you cant keep it behind your fence too bad. if i own land and are following all the game and fish laws in place no one is going to tell me i need permission unless they want to pay for the land and the taxes every year. this is amercia not china
  28. On 1/9/2012 3:14:00 PM Tyler Said:

Brilliant research "Einstein", AKA Chris.  No kidding, it's not a whitetail!!!  

"Red Deer" is pretty vague, but yes it is a "Red Deer".  Red deer is actually a (species group). Among this species group are many subspecies to include Sambar deer, Barasingha, Sika, Rusa, and Pere David to name a few. Even the North American Elk, and the European Elk are considered to be within this same species group.  Each of these subspecies are very similar in appearance but have certain characteristics that specific to their genetic origin.  Each of these subspecies are close enough genetically that they can be crossbred in captivity to attain more desirable characteristics for the breeder. 

The point is DEFINITELY not if it is a whitetail or not.  Anybody with minimal knowledge of whitetail deer can look at this animal and determine that it is obviously not a whitetail.  The point is more about how ridiculous it is post this kill in a public forum, and to present it in a way that makes it appear as though it is some abnormal, freakishly large, unidentified, mystery creature .  It is VERY apparent what the animal is, yet we see pictures that resemble that of an African safari, and a report that reads like he killed a Unicorn or Sasquatch. 

In addition to being a biologist, you must be a top notch lawyer as well. 
You need to figure out if you are talking about laws that regulate game & Fish, or laws pertaining to agriculture & livestock.  You are seriously confusing the two areas, not to mention you are incorrect.
First, you said game laws do not apply because it's not a whitetail, then in your statement you talk about following the game laws in reference to killing one. Make up your mind. It sounds like you just made up stuff to go along with your argument. Do you even own land? 
Do you own livestock? Do you even own a fence?  Do you shoot cattle, horses, goats, sheep, etc etc on land that you own or lease? 
Furthermore, if you think that the Dept. of Wildlife, Dept. of Agriculture, or any other agency of the state Mississippi can't enforce the law, or regulate the property that you paid for or pay taxes on....HA, well your sadly mistaken, and obviously do not own land. 
Did you even read over what you said before you clicked submit?

You are absolutely correct on your geography though. This certainly isn't China.  This is most definitely America.  America where you have laws to adhere to, a civilized society, and a basic understanding of right and wrong.  Better yet, how about using some common sense so you don't have to worry about things like that.  On a related note, Chris. They do have a subspecies of red deer native to China, and I hear in some areas the Chinese actually do eat pets.  I appreciate the lesson on this being America though.  I have five combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan with Airborne infantry, and Special forces. I also, actually do own land, livestock, and a fence. I have been an avid deer hunter my entire life, and a life member of the NRA. 
I think I may possibly have a pretty good understanding about this being America.....but thanks again  
  

  29. On 1/9/2012 10:53:00 PM Ken Said:

Found this on Wikipedia: I think it is a Switch, defined below.
Generally, the male (stag or hart) red deer is typically 175 to 230 cm (69 to 91 in) long and weighs 160 to 240 kg (350 to 530 lb); the female is 160 to 210 cm (63 to 83 in) long and weighs 120 to 170 kg (260 to 370 lb).[citation needed] The tail adds another 12 to 19 cm (4.7 to 7.5 in) and shoulder height is about 105 to 120 cm (41 to 47 in). Size varies in different subspecies with the largest, the huge but small-antlered deer of the Carpathian Mountains (C. e. elaphus), weighing up to 500 kg (1,100 lb). At the other end of the scale, the Corsican red deer (C. e. corsicanus) weighs about 80 to 100 kg (180 to 220 lb), although red deer in poor habitats can weigh as little as 53 to 112 kg (120 to 250 lb).[6] European red deer tend to be reddish-brown in their summer coats. The males of many subspecies also grow a short neck mane ("mane" of hair around their necks) during the autumn. The male deer of the British Isles and Norway tend to have the thickest and most noticeable neck manes. Male Caspian red deer (Cervus elaphus maral) and Spanish red deer (Cervus elaphus hispanicus) do not carry neck manes. Male deer of all subspecies, however, tend to have stronger and thicker neck muscles than female deer, which may give them an appearance of having neck manes. Red deer hinds (females) do not have neck manes. The European red deer is adapted to a woodland environment.[7]


Red deer tracks.


A soft covering known as velvet helps to protect newly forming antlers in the spring.
Only the stags have antlers which start growing in the spring and are shed each year, usually at the end of winter. Antlers are made of bone which can grow at a rate of 2.5 cm (1.0 in) a day. A soft covering known as velvet helps to protect newly forming antlers in the spring. European red deer antlers are distinctive in being rather straight and rugose, with the fourth and fifth tines forming a "crown" or "cup" in larger males. Any tines in excess of the fourth and fifth tine will grow radially from the "cup". "Cups" are generally absent in the antlers of smaller red deer such as Corsican red deer. West European red deer antlers feature bez (second) tines that are either absent or smaller than the brow tine. However, bez tines occur frequently in Norwegian red deer. Antlers of Caspian red deer carry large bez (second) tines and form less-developed "cups" than West European red deer, their antlers are thus more like the "throw back" top tines of the wapiti (Cervus canadensis sp.)and these are known as maraloid characteristics. A stag can (exceptionally) have antlers with no tines, and is then known as a switch. Similarly, a stag that doesn't grow antlers is a hummel. The antlers are testosterone-driven and as the stag's testosterone levels drop in the autumn, the velvet is shed and the antlers stop growing.[8] Red deer produce no testosterone in their bodies while they are growing antler.[clarification needed] With the approach of autumn, the antler begin to calcify and the stags testosterone production builds for the approaching rut (mating season).
During the autumn, all red deer subspecies grow a thicker coat of hair which helps to insulate them during the winter. Autumn is also when some of the stags grow their neck manes.[4] It is in the autumn/winter coat that most subspecies are most distinct. The Caspian red deer's winter coat is greyer and has a larger and more distinguished light rump-patch (like Elk and some Central Asian red deer) compared to the West European red deer which has more of a greyish-brown coat with a darker yellowish rump patch in the winter. By the time summer begins, the heavy winter coat has been shed; the animals are known to rub against trees and other objects to help remove hair from their bodies. Red deer have different colouration based on the seasons and types of habitats, with grey or lighter colouration prevalent in the winter and a more reddish and darker coat in the summer.[9] Most European red deer wear a reddish-brown summer coat, and some individuals may have a few spots on the backs of their summer coats.

  30. On 1/10/2012 8:52:00 PM Randy Said:

way to go other people are mad cause you beat them to the punch
  31. On 1/12/2012 11:18:00 AM Trudy Blue Said:

I'm happy for the fella! He has meat in the freezer and a great story to tell.
  32. On 1/13/2012 1:04:00 PM D L Said:

What is wrong with China? Its the greatest country in the world. But only because the U S buys everything foreign from Wal mart. It is sad that this dude killed a deer and was kind enough to share, but instead of being excited for him, you insult him. If i was deer hunting and the biggest deer i have ever seen walks out, i am probably going to shoot it too. Heck, if i was deer hunting and a sasquatch walked out, i would pop him too. if you guys want to argue, dont do it publicly and insult someone who doesnt even know you. get each others addresses or phone numbers and discuss this in private

  33. On 1/14/2012 7:44:00 AM j mack Said:

In case you guys dont know. If the deer reaches the leagal spread with its NOT A SPIKE!!!!! We callem cowhorns and they are legal. I wudda shot it too. Congrats man! Cheapest exotic hunt ever. MOUNT EM!!
  34. On 1/16/2012 1:10:00 AM Josh Said:

Boy I tell ya'll what, that man has a heck of a hunting story and a mount to do. He don't have time to be bothering with who it belonged to or anything else. If it was yours, it shoulda been put up. To bad so sad look like someone has some groceries to be had.....
  35. On 1/17/2012 9:16:00 AM Luke Evans Said:

I work for Whitetails Ranch in harrisville, Simpson county ms. and this is not one of ours... Enjoy that guy. Alot of times people will buy these red deer to keep their grass down on pastureland and they will escape or get turned loose after awhile. So I wouldn't worry about having shot someone's deer.

Luke Evans
Whitetails Ranch and Lodge
Harrisville, MS.

  36. On 1/19/2012 8:48:00 AM Josh Gandy Said:

This is most definately a Pere David. How the heck it got over in our neck of the woods I couldn't tell ya!
  37. On 1/26/2012 12:36:00 AM mark Said:

I would love to have this guy on my podcast(recorded radio show)if he can be reached....have him email me at bumpasspodcast@gmail.com
www.thebumpasspodcast.com

  38. On 4/11/2013 1:31:00 AM Derrick jackson Said:

That's a red deer not sure where u killed it I'm from harrisville in Simpson county there's a deer pen in harrisville that had some get out during Katrina

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