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Registered: October 2007
Location: ky
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BENTON TOWNSHIP - A pair of Berrien County men ended up with more than just a couple of fish during a fishing trip earlier this week on the St. Joseph River - they left with a pair of bucks.

Royalton Township resident Bryan Ammeson and St. Joseph resident Scott Stoney were fishing for steelhead from a boat on the river at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday between the M-139 and I-94 bridges when they spotted a pair of bucks fighting near the shore. As the two bucks grappled, their antlers became entangled and they fell into the river. Unable to free themselves, the animals drowned.

"They died four or five feet right in front of me," Ammeson said. "So I ended up hooking them up to the side of the boat and we took them back to shore. We get them up, and one ended up being a 17-point with two drop tines, and another one is a perfect 10-point rack that's just absolutely massive.

"Everybody that I've showed this to so far has said that's one of the biggest deer they've ever seen."

After getting the two deer, Ammeson said he tried unsuccessfully to reach officials with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment. He then contacted Benton Township police and obtained a pair of carcass permits so he could legally claim the animals.

"It all happened so fast," Ammeson said. "We we're just sitting there."

Ammeson has the photos, and the police back up the seeming "fish tale."

"They were both two huge bucks," Benton Township police Lt. Delmar Lange said.

The lieutenant said a third person, whom he didn't identify, but someone not connected to Ammeson or Stoney, also witnessed the bucks fight and ultimately drown.

"It's one of those things you hear about and you think, 'Oh, a myth or something like that,'" Lange said. "But as nearly as we can determine, it's factual."

Ammeson said the bucks were processed for their meat, but the heads will be mounted with the antlers interlocked - just as they were when they were first recovered.
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Registered: March 2009
Location: OHIO
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Fri,November,19,2010 1:16am Rating: 10 

wow thats crazy


Registered: September 2009
Location: MS
Posts: 89
Fri,November,19,2010 7:13pm

man i need to stop hunting and go fishing

Registered: September 2007
Location: St. Charles, MO
Posts: 1,516
Sat,November,20,2010 12:11am Rating: 10 

Holy crap. What a story.


Registered: November 2008
Location: kentucky
Posts: 2,226
Sun,November,21,2010 4:26pm Rating: 10 

Those are both awesome animals, just glad that someone was there to claim these beautiful creatures, other wise they would have been lost forever. Great story, and congrats to Brain and Scott.
brow tine

Registered: August 2007
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Wed,November,24,2010 5:28pm Rating: 10 

Great find!!Never found any thing like that yet !

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