Interesting story. I've heard it can happen, but supposedly not with such a nice rack. http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/1108doe08-ON.html D'oh! Hunter shocked to find deer was a doe Associated Press Nov. 8, 2002 12:45 PM SPOKANE, Wash. - Hunting in unfamiliar territory, Joe Kiefer was thrilled to bag a 250-pound mule deer with symmetrical antlers, each with five points and 18 1/2 inches wide. Then, when he went to butcher the animal, excitement gave way to amazement. "There were no male parts down there," Kiefer said. "It looked like a male at the head end, but the undercarriage was all female." Kiefer, 31, of Chewelah, never expected anything like the antlered doe he shot Sunday in Douglas County in the central part of Washington state. "Most people don't believe the deer came from Eastern Washington," he joked. "They think it has to be a cross-dressing city slicker from Seattle." Kiefer was about 100 miles from his usual haunts. "My buddy, Todd West in Wenatchee, said he'd take me deer hunting over in sagebrush country if I would take him turkey hunting in my area," Kiefer said. "When you've hunted for whitetails in all this brush for so long, the chance for a mule deer hunt sounded real good." After sunrise, he recalled, "deer were popping up out of nowhere" and a splendid five-point animal appeared several hundred yards away. "That's a long ways away for a guy who's never shot a deer farther away than about 100 yards," Kiefer said, "but the antlers looked huge." The first clue that this was no ordinary deer was that most of the velvet was still on the antlers. Bucks rub off the velvet on trees, brush and saplings at the start of the mating season in late summer. "I took lots more pictures because I knew no one would believe me," Kiefer said. Jack Reneau, record keeper for the Boone and Crockett Club in Missoula, Mont., said he had never heard of such a big-antlered doe. The club will solicit information on its Web site to try to determine whether Kiefer's kill is a world record for does. According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, antlers appear on about one in 20,000 whitetails, but information on the occurrence in mule deer is more sparse. Kiefer said a Washington state wildlife biologist told him a female deer occasionally sprouts one or two fuzzy spikes. In any event, the kill was legal. Kiefer's buck tag was valid because state hunting regulations refer to "antlered deer" and "antlerless deer," rather than to bucks and does - precisely for such situations.