Was wondering if you or anyone you know harvested that giant brute you had on trail cam this past season? Maybe a better question, did you even lay eyes on him during the season? Just curious, seeing your post made me think about that big guy.
I have pics of him without antlers. So, we should see him again in 2017...unless he does a Houdini act.
Sadly, I did see him once. It was the last day of archery, at about 2 minutes before quitting time. I was in a climber about 100 yards from our turnip field, in a beech flat. I saw nothing and it was getting dark quicker in the woods. I decided to get down about 20 minutes early and just stand at the edge of the field until quitting time. You can see longer over a field than in the woods, and at least I might see a doe. Well, about 5 minutes before quitting, I see a huge deer on the other end of the field. He is a good 150 yards away, but I can see it's a giant deer. Charcoal gray coat and antlers I could see with the naked eye from there, After a 1 minute pause, he quick-walked across the field and ended up straight in front of me...and broadside.. But....is he 40 yards? 45? 50? I couldn't tell. Over open terrain and fading light, I wasn't sure. I assumed 40 yards and took a shot with the 40 yard pin. Went cleanly underneath him. He ran about 10 yards and started acting unalarmed. He wandered off as it got dark. The next morning, I found the arrow, clean as a whistle.
On a happier note: While shed hunting today, I found a spot that just grabbed me. I am putting a stand there this year and I am very confident. Sometimes you just know. And, to top it off, we found an oak tree nearby that my dad planted from an acorn 23 years ago. Gotta be a sign.