Four dead deer, cut in half and dumped off a dirt road down by the flood plain of a small river near where I hunt.
A wasteful psychopathic hunter? Not likely. After a bit of a puzzle I figured it out: road kill deer, cut in half by a single-man road crew that loaded them into the back of a small pickup truck before disposing of the bodies in an out-of-the-way location. A few of the deer that had not been too damaged may have been skinned out.
Gut-shot deer and roadkill deer are an important food source for fox in winter. The meat stays good all winter (fox are not too finicky) and provides a ready bounty for fox, possum, coyote and the occasional raccoon. When it snows I will check this area for tracks.