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Score can be a hard thing to gauge in photos and social media spirals in the argument phase almost all of the time. Regardless that is one nice buck and I’m sure many a night’s sleep were thinking about running into him the next morning. Dandy.

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Old age is a tough one to buy. But maybe an illness that he couldn't have recovered from due to old age would be more believable for me. Also depending on how bad the carcass was you might not see the guy that took a bad untechnical shot after seeing those antlers or even a car hit that didn't kill, but crippled him.

That said, very cool find and always sucks to find a dead head like that too. 

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"

Luke 6:31 and Matthew 7:12

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1 hour ago, phade said:

Score can be a hard thing to gauge in photos and social media spirals in the argument phase Alamo all of the time. Regardless that is one nice buck and I’m sure many a night’s sleep were thinking about running into him the next morning. Dandy.

I take his "rough score" with a grain of salt, and don't think for a minute I'll spend anytime defending what my Uncle Butch taped out in his garage :) Like you said, it's a dandy regardless, and that's all that matters, more so that it was found while he was out shed hunting with his grandson. 

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34 minutes ago, Belo said:

Old age is a tough one to buy. But maybe an illness that he couldn't have recovered from due to old age would be more believable for me. Also depending on how bad the carcass was you might not see the guy that took a bad untechnical shot after seeing those antlers or even a car hit that didn't kill, but crippled him.

That said, very cool find and always sucks to find a dead head like that too. 

I agree, I think that "old age" is an easy answer. For all I know the thing was bit by the last rattlesnake left in Southern Illinois :) But hey, if he wants to say the thing keeled over after a full life, that's fine by me.

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3 hours ago, Splitear said:

I agree, I think that "old age" is an easy answer. For all I know the thing was bit by the last rattlesnake left in Southern Illinois :) But hey, if he wants to say the thing keeled over after a full life, that's fine by me.

Still lots of copperheads left in Illinois!!!.....:)  

I'm with ya 100%. Regardless of how he died, he was a great buck that any of us would've been proud to shoot!

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