I don't believe it either and I'm very familiar with it. The measurers were never allowed to inspect the skull plate. I'm not a big fan of bashing other hunters or making accusations without facts, but there's enough information about this story that it just doesn't pass the smell test. For the record I've never met Mitch Rompolla but know many people who have and this is some of their opinions about the buck.https://www.deeranddeerhunting.com/content/blogs/dan-schmidt-deer-blog-whitetail-wisdom/was-the-rompola-buck-real
Dont believe the story that went with it
Yep. I've had every issue of North American Whitetail since it's inception, as well as numerous books that document every major trophy whitetail buck in history, and have seen thousands of bucks either in person or in print, and I've NEVER seen another buck who's antlers are situated that way on it's skull... The buck is very real but the antler bases are farther apart than any other whitetail ever measured. Even other previous world records all measured nearly the same at the bases.
If Rompolla was the "recluse" as claimed, he would not have been an official measurer for two organizations, nor would he ever bothered to have this buck measured, he would have just accepted his own measurements... Claims to be a hunting recluse who shy's away from the public spotlight, but up until this buck he was being featured in magazines and videos.
Especially since if it were to have been legit and declared the world record it would have been worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to him... Wouldn't have the buck x-rayed when offered $10,000 to do it.
Yes. That's correct, loridr. Hanson filed a cease & desist order against him to stop "claiming" it was the world record unless he would have it verified and entered into Boone & Crockett as such. Rompolla declined to have it verified. It was around the same time that Craig Collderone who operates the Michigan Whitetail Hall of Fame offered Rompolla the $10,000 to have the head x-rayed.TBrom, correct me if I'm wrong, but if I recollect, one of the excuses his supporters claimed for his reason for withdrawing the rack was supposedly that the Hanson faction was threatening to sue him for loss of revenue if he persisted. That is ridiculous on it's face because if the Rompolla buck were legit and officially declared the world record, the Hanson faction would have had no case.