JACKSON, Miss. -- When he first saw the antlers, taxidermist Ellis Soloman called it "a pineapple rack."
And Mark Clay says trying to measure the buck his son Will Clay, 14, killed on the opening morning of the youth gun season Nov. 5 "is like trying to score a briar thicket."
The 15-point fits all those descriptions, and more. It has antlers sprouting in seemingly every direction.
Its left main beam, where most of the atypical growth is located, is difficult to discern.
It has not been scored, but, nonetheless, it is a trophy, and a story worth sharing.
Using hay bales for a make-shift blind in the middle of a five-acre pasture on family land in Madison County, father and son were hoping to see the big buck Mark Clay had spotted during scouting.