The biggest one on the shelf was found last year on a permission farm, and pics are in the last years shed thread. The pics were shown to a few people, and no one seemed to know which deer it was or if he’d been shot.
The big palmated matched set is from a few years ago. I originally learned about him when he crossed the road in front of me. I walked many miles, and ended up finding them a few feet apart next to a cedar. I missed my chance at them the following year, and never did find out who snagged them. The year after that they were found on a neighboring farm I didn’t have permission on. I did get to see and hold them once they were found. That year he sported his largest rack and he was HUGE. The final year I got to watch him many times through the spotter during the summer like years past, but he ended up getting shot opening morning of gun season. He went down hill as far as score goes, but he was a deer of lifetime still, and had a pretty wild rack. I had hundreds of miles into finding that deer’s antlers over the years.
Most of the land I shed hunt I don’t get to deer hunt, but I can’t thank the awesome farmers enough for letting me and the dog wander their land every winter/spring. Hopefully we can do our part and save a few tractor tires along the way!