|REAL PHOTOGRAPHS; INACCURATE DESCRIPTION|
Example: [Collected via e-mail, December 2008]
Shot by an Amish boy with hand made long bow:
This buck was taken by a 14 year old Amish boy near Dalton, WI.
He used a hand made long bow and made the killing shot by stalking the huge buck using corn shocks for cover. The boy's family would not allow him to pose with the trophy animal for pictures so a nearby neighbor, Willie Flacid posed and is also acting as spokesman for the Amish boy.
According to Flacid, the Amish family has already received several offers from outdoor sporting companies to purchase the trophy. No dollar amount has been announced yet, but according to Flacid, 'the amount of money being offered is enough that no one would ever be hard up again.'
Origins: This is another case of real photographs being shorn of their original context and forwarded around the Internet with added fictional details. The references to "Willie Flacid" and "no one would ever be hard up again" mark the text as a joke, and the information about the buck pictured having been killed in Wisconsin by a teenaged Amish boy using a hand-made longbow is inaccurate.
The first photograph displayed above (we're not sure who is posing in the other two) shows a deer taken with a crossbow on
Knowledge of the buck was a little kept secret within the Amish community on Wheat Ridge in Adams County. Only a few hunters outside the Amish community knew of the buck's existence, and they weren't talking, either. It became the secret of Wheat Ridge, spoken only within the hushed gatherings of a few local Amish deer hunters who had personally seen the old buck and its magnificent rack.
For three days people came from all over Adams County and neighboring counties to see the massive buck that John Schmucker had taken, as word of the big Amish buck spread rapidly across the local deer hunting community.
After the required 60-day drying period, a panel of scorers from the Buckeye Big Buck Club and Boone & Crockett scored the deer at Schmucker's residence on
According to the panel, the Schmucker buck scored a whopping
Last updated: 11 December 2008
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