The meat is great from what I have been told. I gave the entire deboned meat to my friend. I kept one tray of small deboned steaks for myself and haven't gotten around to eating it. I have to much moose meat to eat.
The story is done and ready for print. It's suppose to go into this fall's issue. It was written by Jeff Schlachter. He writes 2 articles for every issue and is friends with Cody Robbins and Gary Donald. Apparently he heard of the buck and contacted me through Alberta Outdoormen website.
I have a draft copy of the story and there may have been a few slight changes after I reread it and made sure all the info was correct. From what I have been told there should be several of the trailcam photos included along with the update for the age I got back in late March. And if the mount gets done I may be able to get a photo or 2 in of it and the sheds from over the years.
The crazy part about this from what I have for photos, looks like the buck kept his rack mass although the points are somewhat shorter from the sheds and it appears he put on more mass as he got older. Shorter beams with bigger diameter. The amazing part is the buck lived this long in an area with lots of hunting pressure. He kept his body weight high but his rear end was small compared to his super large fron end. What a noggin on that buck! The size of his rib cage and chest is unreal. My buddies were asking me to remove the stick from the body cavity when I showed them the buck the day I shot it. I quickly explained there was no stick in his rib cage. That was the size of him.
I figured him to be around 11 1/2 years old from sheds and photos I have. But he was one year older and in relatively good shape considering the winters of 2007 and 2008. His teeth were pretty much worn down to the gums and I still have the skinned out skull in my freezer.
Sheds from 2002 were found by another guy and the 2004 sheds were picked up by a different person again. I have 2005 sheds and one side from the 2007 rack. I got my first photo of him on my dad's land in 2004 after deer season.
I'm not sure I can post the draft copy of the Big Buck story on here since there are copyright laws that may affect it.
tks for kwik reply. Don't worry about posting the story, I'll read all about it in upcoming issues of Big Buck Mag, I'm a subscriber!
Congrats again on a truly once in a lifetime trophy. You had a lot of history with this old warrior. Who cares what he may have scored when he was 6.5yrs old? This to me is what hunting is all about....you care about what you do, you put in the time...and eventualy, somehow, somewhere, some guy crosses paths with the king of the hill.
We read alot about previous years' sheds found by hunters going after a specific animal....this is relatively easy in open farm country in the Midwestern US and Western Canada....not here in NB....so extra path on the back for the history you have on this particular deer.
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