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Deer with two livers?

by knutson24 » Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:53 pm

Well, I was able to harvest my deer tonight, After gutting him I went to remove the liver as I always do and found what I thought was a secong one. So I took them but them in a pot and let them soak for a couple hours to drain the blood out of them. Ithen came back and was going to cut them in half to further facilitate getting all of the blood out. The first on was normal like every other liver I had kept. the second one not so much, this one was very soft in the middle and almost more like a giant blood clot smelled bad like a deer smells like when they are gut shot. Now I not sure if it was indeed a liver or not, by outward appearance they both looked the same other than the one was a little darker is all. Any ideas what other organ it might be or sny other suggestion would be greatly appreciated.


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Re: Deer with two livers?

by HUNTNFISHND » Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:37 pm

Maybe a blood filled lung?
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Re: Deer with two livers?

by knutson24 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:04 am

No chance it was a lung. Both lungs were totally destroyed and the (2nd) liver was connected to the base of the other liver.
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Re: Deer with two livers?

by north1 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:28 pm

Might sound crazy but could it be a tumor or growth?
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Re: Deer with two livers?

by XFIRE800 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:56 pm

I was thinking the same thing
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Re: Deer with two livers?

by knutson24 » Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:10 am

Thats what I was thinking like he had liver cirrhosis or something and a new one grew as an adaptation or something. I was going to bring it in and get it checked out. Im not squeamish by any means but it smelled so gawd awful I about lost my lunch.
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Re: Deer with two livers?

by blhunter3 » Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:40 pm

That's why you don't mess with the liver(s). :puke: :puke:
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Re: Deer with two livers?

by Norm70 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:25 pm

there were times in my college days i wish i had 2 livers :beer:
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Re: Deer with two livers?

by coloradomarshrat » Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:23 pm

Actually, that would be the spleen. It looks a lot like the liver, but is softer and it does smell bad because of what it does.
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Re: Deer with two livers?

by knutson24 » Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:12 pm

nope not the spleen. Every deer I have ever harvested I'v eaten the liver I know what the anatomy a deer is suppose to look like and this was like nothing I had every seen before.
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Re: Deer with two livers?

by Fallguy » Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:28 am

Gall bladder? I guess I have never looked for a deer's gall bladder but that organ is attached to the liver and stores the bile that the liver makes. My students find them in their pig and frog dissections. Just throwing that out there even though you probably already ruled it out.
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Re: Deer with two livers?

by Fallguy » Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:31 am

Well I learned something new today. Did a search and found that deer do not have a gall bladder. Never looked that hard, but I will have to look at that this weekend when I fill my doe tag. Rule out gallbladder! :D
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Re: Deer with two livers?

by HUNTNFISHND » Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:34 pm

knutson24 wrote:I was going to bring it in and get it checked out.


So did you or did you just pitch it?

You didn't get a pic of it by chance did you?
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Re: Deer with two livers?

by knutson24 » Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:10 pm

HUNTNFISHND wrote:
knutson24 wrote:I was going to bring it in and get it checked out.


So did you or did you just pitch it?

You didn't get a pic of it by chance did you?


I never did bring it in I ended up throwing both out. I'm sure the coyotes appreciated the hand out.
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Re: Deer with two livers?

by swift » Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:41 pm

I would bet it to be a large fibrous hematoma from the gunshot. Blood can pool and if there was an injury to the diaphragm likely the chest blood settled between the lobes of the liver. When the clot hardens it appears as a dark colored liver.
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Re: Deer with two livers?

by spitfire_er » Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:40 pm

sounds like a spleen to me.
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Re: Deer with two livers?

by CU Tacoma » Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:01 am

Resurrect an old thread here. This weekend I shot a deer that had exactly what you are describing. It had what looked like two livers one on each side of the body, and they were about the same size. One had some faint white spots on it and it didn't appear to be connected to anything. When I cut it open it looked like a massive blood clot. Did you ever figure out what it was?
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Re: Deer with two livers?

by Habitat Hugger » Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:42 am

Dunno the anatomy of a deer liver but in humans the various lobes of the liver are variable from person to person. A big caudate lobe on a deer ( if there is such a thing) could sure look like two livers. A huge echinococcal cyst or other parasitic infection in a deer could look like a second liver and those small like heck in humans when puncured, though never had the pleasure of doing so personally!
I suppose a liver tumor, a primary or secondary could look like a second liver. I shot a wild turkey one time filled with avian tuberculosis that for all the world looked like hi,an ovarian cancer spread everywhere, with a huge modular liver. Disgusting sight!
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Re: Deer with two livers?

by marcel9 » Tue May 29, 2018 9:48 pm

How long does the whole digestive system for a whitetail deer take? :sniper:
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