I became mildly obsessed with case a while back and read a lot on it. This right here is the detail that put me over the edge of calling shenanigans on the deer. Mitch, in one quote about his publicizing the deer, said something to the effect of "it's all about the money." Then, when offered an easy payday to simply have the skull X-rayed, he refused....Wouldn't have the buck x-rayed when offered $10,000 to do it...
I became mildly obsessed with case a while back and read a lot on it. This right here is the detail that put me over the edge of calling shenanigans on the deer. Mitch, in one quote about his publicizing the deer, said something to the effect of "it's all about the money." Then, when offered an easy payday to simply have the skull X-rayed, he refused.
He's clearly hiding something and that buck is a fake.
I guess because the constant quest for horn porn and the general commercialization of deer hunting has in my opinion,diminished the sport.Just the mere fact that one hunter had to threaten another hunter with legal action because his deer was actually bigger than his is enough to say,enough is enough.I try to keep drama at bay in my life as much as I can and to worry about who killed the biggest buck isn't noteworthy to me.I saw dozens and dozens of huge bucks killed in Pa this year that will never be in a record book,a magazine cover or in a lawsuit.That to me is what hunting should be about.As far as the discussion goes,Ole Mitch seemed to be a real fruitcake who liked to look up women's skirts and kill big bucks.Good for him but I ain't interested in sitting down with him and talking about either subject.So why even comment? Just move on if you do not have a comment.
It is strange and, by all right, sudden. Then again, what Danesdad said could definitely be a major factor.What I find "mysterious" is not just the fact that Mitch isn't talking, but that NOBODY is talking. The well known, official scorers that saw, examined and scored this buck, the people who actually saw the buck just after the recovery, including a GW... all quiet. The fact that nothing has "leaked" out in all these years is amazing.
Maybe Hanson has some really good lawyers.
Let's face it if you shoot the new World Record, with endorsements and other stuff you are probably looking at a million dollar windfall. Nothing to sneeze at. No corona virus pun intended. >Iirc, it was more about $ than who had the bigger buck.
Having the #1 buck is a financial windfall, and Hanson and a bussiness partner were marketing his buck as the #1 in the world. Rompala jumped in, saying his was bigger, the real #1, and it hurt the hanson bucks value and marketability. Hanson and his partner basically told rompala to put up or shut up, get it x rayed, officially measured and certified as the world record, or quit calling it the world record cus it was hurting their bussiness. Rompala had to make a legal choice and he chose to quit calling his buck #1 and basically went into hiding.
Not sure why you'd do that if things were copacetic, after you'd already sought out the attention by putting yourself and your deer out there, it's not like he was forced to. But when push came to shove, he backed down.
To me, all that scoring stuff is just numbers on paper. You were happy with a deer or you shouldn't have shot him, those numbers really don't mean jack to me. BUT, if those numbers presented me with a bussiness opportunity after the fact, I'd take advantage of it with no second thoughts or excuses to anybody.
Yep...always the Don King types that pocket most of the money!!!:smile_big:From what I read, hanson himself didn't know or care about "marketing" that buck. But he was approached by others who were in the outdoor business and he basically let them do the marketing and he was more of a silent partner, aside from a few shows where he was paid to attend. No idea how much he made, but I'll bet it wasn't as much as most folks think.