The DNR is investigating the circumstances surrounding the animal's escape. By law, such facilities have to keep their animals contained. If an animal escapes, the facility's owner is required to call and report it to the DNR within 48 hours of discovering it was released.
If a hunter spots a deer that has escaped from such a facility, it's OK for him or her harvest it, Keen said.
The catch turned Schmaltz, who sells firewood, into a bit of a local celebrity. A local television news station did a segment on him.
"With this big of a deer, everybody is congratulating me," he said.
The day before Schmaltz bagged the buck, he bought a new pair of hunting boots as an early birthday present to himself.
Schmaltz has been hunting since he was 14. When he hangs his newest mount in his house, it will have plenty of company.
"I already have three bear heads in my home, a bear rug, and about five more deer heads," he said, "and one bear that was fully mounted."
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