An astonishing video captures the moment a police officer used his handgun to blast apart the antlers of two bucks who had become dangerously tangled during a duel.
The bucks seen kicking and twisting in an Illinois field last week became locked together and feared to be facing a long and miserable death if not pulled apart.
'He's worn out, he's going to give you a shot,' an officer is heard telling another as they circled the worn-out match looking for the best angle to safely fire at the antlers without killing either animal.
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Rough match: Two bucks are seen locked together by their antlers in a field in Illinois last week
Exhausting: After constant kicking and bucking to free themselves, one of the two bucks eventually tires out and falls to the ground as the second continues to work to free itself
An Illinois Conservation Police Officer, a State Trooper and a Will County Forest Preserve Officer all responded to the scene.
'Take it if you can!' the officer tells the shooter before he carefully fires his first shot at both deer who surprisingly only slightly jump to the burst.
It takes the officer four shots before the antler finally breaks, separating the deer with a gruff snort from the strongest before quickly dashing away.
The second, seen throughout the rescue appearing far more exhausted from their botched duel, wobbles in his own run while easily seen with a gimp.
Fire: One of the four responding officers takes aim at one of the deer's antlers and fires from his handgun hoping to break them apart
Freed: After the forth shot the antler successfully breaks and the pair are freed, both seen immediately running with the second lagging from possible injuries or fatigue
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