Wow. I saw your score before I thought about his score but I doubt I would of gotten over 170. Thats a deer you really need to see in person or at least more pics. Love to see more pics. I just cannot grasp an 8 that big. You implied you will visit the rack at your taxi. Almost any taxi will let you pick up the rack while they are waiting to need it. I wouldnt let it out of my sight. Also, Im sure we would all like to hear as much detail as you would give about the hunt etc. Theres was an 8 that I think was 160ish the other day and it got an enormous amount of press like it was a new world record and yours blows it away so worthy of a story..... Congratulations, bigtime!!
A little different angle that shows bases better.
As far as hunt details I was guiding that morning and finally got my hunter his deer (158 3/8 11 point) at 12:30 pm and we were heading back to camp for lunch. As we passed a sendero both of us saw the buck and I slammed on brakes grabbed my rifle and duck walked back to edge. He was 200 yards facing and looking at me. I couldn’t tell enough about him to shoot and he took off.
There was a blind down that way so I went and unlocked it so I could come back and slip in.
Had lunch and told the landowner I saw a potential deer and asked to go back and get a better look and try rattling him out. I had another hunter to guide who hadn’t arrived so took off got n blind at around 2:20.
Rattled nothing... rattled again nothing. Phone beeped said my hunter was there be back at camp at 3:30 so I said ok looked at my watch it was 2:50 time to rattle once more. Rattled leaned down to put down horns and when I look up he walks out all bowed up at 40 yards and stops and lets out a grunt/ wheeze. I got the rifle on him and counted 8 points looked to be a 160 class so within my “pay grade “ as we guests refer to deer we are allowed to kill.
I am not a paid guide just a friend of landowner and I help since I have intimate knowledge of ranch. This is NOT a ranch that folks pay to hunt...
only friends and family are allowed.
Anyway just as I am taking aim the buck started walking slowly looking for other deer and my phone started ringing so I shot him and answered the phone. It was a customer we talked a minute and I climbed down walked over and saw his horns in the edge of the brush. When I shot him he almost face planted but regained his feet and made to brush.
I was rushed so loaded him and took off back to camp to get my hunter.
When I got back that night I asked the ranch hand how much he weighed...
He said 220lbs.... then said well really we are not sure as scales only go to 220 and they bottomed out.