We took this awesome buck on our low fence lease this past weekend. Watched him for several years and this year he pops up with a 19 inch double beam. The deer officially scored 197 inches with both brows broken off. The bottom picture shows him in velvet where his brows were around 13-14 inches. So had he not broken the brows he would have grossed 210 inches. He field dressed 195 lbs so on the hoof would be around 230 lbs. The member who took him hunted hard for 3-4 days before he got on him.
His teeth showed 6.5 years old but we think he was older than that based off of pictures, body size, etc. We get lab test on teeth so we will know better after the season - my guess is he was 7 or 8 but at this point who cares?
This is the fourth 200 inch plus deer taken along with many 180-190 plus deer - lots and lots of effort and patience involved along with awesome land owners who we work closely with to get these deer to reach their potential. That coupled with lease members who are willing to pass on deer that are not yet mature equals this kind of buck.