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I personally believe it is real. Mitch was not a stupid guy and he was very familiar with the rigors and scrutiny the deer would receive, so it makes little sense that he would think he would be able to pass a fake off as real.

I believe he got so attacked so much, as many people did not like him, that he just decided screw you all and he went on with his life.
 

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The video of him recovering the deer is on YouTube. It looks legitimate. Not sure why he wouldn’t have this buck scored as he has done with most of his previous bucks.
 

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I personally believe it is real. Mitch was not a stupid guy and he was very familiar with the rigors and scrutiny the deer would receive, so it makes little sense that he would think he would be able to pass a fake off as real.

I believe he got so attacked so much, as many people did not like him, that he just decided screw you all and he went on with his life.

I remember all the controversy way back when. I remember it was quite a list of people that saw this buck after the kill. It was also scored by some well know folks and they all said it was legit. Now, everything else is suspect as NOBODY is talking. I doubt the truth will ever be known and I'm OK with that, lol.
 

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if they attacked him because they didnt like him, what better way to shut them up than produce the deer for inspection, prove its real and say "In your face" right back to them.


i would push that in their face so far it would come out their backside. for that reason alone, i say FAKE !!
 

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Wow...it's been around longer than I thought! 1998! I never was one to follow the score in the antler world. I think the only two bucks I can name would be the Hansen buck and Hole in the Horn buck. The latter being the only one I could recognize by sight, only because of the hole. I just never cared for naming bucks after those that killed them and assigning rock star status to those who did the killing.

The still photo looks like an obvious fake to me.
 

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i never did like the B&C and the P&Y scoring system. they dont give the deer credit for every inch of growth. they deduct inches for the rack not being perfectly symmetrical.
nature isnt perfect and even. our own faces are off from side to side too. go take a look.
 

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Very easy to see that is not the same antler configuration on the walk up pic as the hero pic. Rompola is a fake and so is everything in his hunting life. Most should see the antler placement on the VHS is not the same as on his dead shot pic. Hanson knew this and did the right thing. Shut Rompola down real quick.
 

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Deer is real..... Circumstances.....may not be exactly as described....
No one mentioned the theory tossed around back then that he raised the deer on a large tract of land he owned in the UP.
 

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Deer is real..... Circumstances.....may not be exactly as described....
No one mentioned the theory tossed around back then that he raised the deer on a large tract of land he owned in the UP.
Deer is not real everything about it is fake. along with Rompola. Show some facts if you know them Wadman
 

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...I was suspicious because he's not smiling...so I didn't even notice the rack...

..but on a more serious not..I have seen other pics of bucks he shot in the "area" and they ALL seem to have the same LOW and WIDE characteristics...
 

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It’s a shame that we even have to discuss whether it’s real or not...

Rompola declared the buck to be the new world record typical, placing the buck in the public domain. He should have either let the buck be subject to the scrutiny attendant to such a claim, or kept the buck private for his own enjoyment. If he had done either of those two things, there would be no need for speculation or discussion.
 

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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.
He also had his own website. How many "recluse" people you know have their own website showing their own bucks.

I say fake.
 
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