We have a lot of deer on our lease in AL. There are a lot of nice bucks running around and also many freaky bucks. I notice a lot of bucks that have one typical side and the other side is a forky or a spike on the other.
I killed a 6 point about 10 years ago that scored in the high 130s low 140s. Brow tines, g2s, and main beams, probably top 5 biggest main frame bucks I've ever killed. If he'd have been a 10 point he would have been up there. I couldn't pass on him. Wish I knew how to post pics. Not a freak horn, but I'd say huge 6 points are rare too.
When we were in high school my buddy killed an enormous 6. He was over 20” wide and had huge bases and big mass all the way out. Just no points.
He came from far western Oklahoma and was the biggest bodied deer we’d ever saw, I think he weighed 180 something dressed. Euroed him and his skull looked like a mule’s compared to the big buck I killed that year. Didn’t have much left for teeth either, might have been his last year or maybe the last year he had much antler anyway.
I've taken a few over the years...some with grossly mismatched antler sizes, some with suspected injuries or breaks when in velvet, and they hardened in that oddball formation. One whitetail when in college had an obviously broken main beam but I guess the velvet held it all together and it rehardened, with the brown half dangling downward, though it had re-solidified and was in 1 piece.
The weirdest one I ever saw was on a wall in a pawn shop in Moscow Idaho. It was a smallish 4x4 mule deer, maybe 18-20 inches wide but instead of eyeguards, it grew a small basket racked 3x3 or 4x4 whitetail rack in lieu of eyeguards. This was one single rack mind you. I looked at it very closely and it wasn't some drunken redneck's idea of a joke using a saw and epoxy or whatever...it was real.
Local gent here killed a 6 pt whitetail that scored 138 IIRC. Has it all.....mass, width, tall rear tines, long main beams. Just 6 pts. I'd take him any day of the week. Those bucks with heavy massed racks trip my trigger, don't much care what the rest of the rack looks like. That 1 TenX killed is a brute. Goodness.
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Shot a mulie that had 4 drop tines that were in a row when he looked at you. Personal best so far. Shot a 2yo wt buck that had a single horn the curved to make a perfect dragging handle. I was told it looked like Elliot from some cartoon movie that had deer in it. It was handy dragging him out.
Beware of any old man in a profession where one usually dies young.
First bull elk I ever guided a client to had about 135" 6-point on one side and just a slick sword for the other. Right after he shot him, the big brother came and stood broadside in front of us much closer for a longer while. Hunter kept asking me if he should 'shoot him again.' Took all my self-control to say no.
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I am fortunate enough to pretty much to choose which buck i will kill out of a group of about 8 or 9 different ones that hang around my house every year. I passed on the largest Blacktail buck, I have ever seen a few years ago while it was standing not far from my back porch. A few days later I took a two point on one side and 4 on the other. A couple more of similar quality have also gone into my freezer. This year I will be after one with a 3 inch spilke on one side and 3 points on the other. As mentioned above I believe that the bigger and larger bucks produce bigger and better deer, of both sexes.