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‘Deer doctor’ works to preserve whitetail population

By Dave Rogers | Published Saturday, March 10, 2012

Deer Doctor - Veterinarian Joe Ables shows off the antlers of the sire of his deer-breeding herd. The whitetail deer the Decatur vet sees must be tranquilized, bound and hooded before receiving any treatment.

It might have been the hunting trips to Arkansas with his dad and grandfather when he was barely old enough to walk. Maybe it was watching a TV show about an African zoologist. Certainly 12 years studying and the four degrees he received at Texas A&M led Decatur’s Joe Ables to his unique specialization as “the deer doctor.”

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