Great progression on a really great buck. One thing I have learned is there no "genetics" added to any feed label. Bucks like that are special and rare due to them having the genetics to grow that big. I am one to always think what could a deer like this have done if he had the benefit of some normal rainfall years throughout his life if he did that in a drought year.
I agree - end of the day genetics takes the first spot. Someone told me years ago that if you want to kill a big deer (or any other animal) you have to start by finding an area where there are big animals. Find where the good genetics are and then work your rear off to capitalize and improve what mother nature provided - we are very very fortunate to have found an area with the genes. Thanks for letting me share -