Those big bucks go through a lot as they age. You just never know what the weather is going to be like, and the rut can take a toll, and a nice rack can become broken up pretty easily.
I've seen a big heavy horned buck that was walking skin and bone, that we skinned out, and there wasn't a place on it's body that was salvageable, and it was so bad it wouldn't have made good dog food. Nature would have dealt a cruel death.
That's why I've always said, take him if he gets your attention, or he may not make it another year.
Edited by Jimbo (08/05/18 09:38 AM)