Well the year started out well for us. We have not hit the rut yet and we have taken a 196 and a 194. We took this deer this morning to add to the list - we have never seen this deer on trail camera before. 23 inches inside spread and scored 186 B&C
Great looking buck. Nothing better than a surprise buck to get the heart rate up a bit.
Bucks like this happen to us on a fairly regular basis. Protein and cottonseed feeders everywhere and most covered with cameras. Then deer like this show up and to our knowledge have never been in a protein pen. The only rationale I can think of is some deer are averse to pens and will not enter.