Conservation Officer John Deem with the IN DNR sent me this cam photo he got of the huge double-drop in the summer of 2007. I think he knew of my obsession with drop tines and figured I would really foam at the mounth over 2, and I did. John took off most of November to hunt the beast, but never saw him.
This March while shed hunting, John found him dead. The carcass was gone, but the antlers were in tiptop shape without a tooth mark. John isn't sure how he died. They had a report of a person shooting with a spotlight in a field close to where John found him, but the COs got there fairly quick and waited for someone to return but nothing. John scored the rack at 208 gross.
Update from Dean Weimer 10 minutes ago (special thanks, man):
Mike: My Boone and Crockett and Hoosier Record Buck Program scoring buddy, Scott Werstler, measured John Deem's Found Non-Typical last evening. Due to John's busy schedule we finally got it finished last night. The final numbers didn't dissappoint:
IS= 22 3/8"
RMB= 26 2/8"
LMB= 24 6/8"
Gross Typ. (6x6) = 175 5/8"
Net Typ.= 169 7/8"
(13) N.T. tines = 35 3/8"
Net N.T.= 205 2/8"
The buck is the new Steuben County, IN N.T. record, and it ranks as the No. 2 N.T. all-time in the FOUND category in the Hoosier Record Buck Program.
Note: John and fellow Indiana CO, Jim Price, road their bikes up to meet up with Scott and me. I took this photo for kicks. John was decked out in biker gear, so I thought it would be cool. Officer Price bungee-strapped the rack to the back of his motorcycle Mad Max Style. It was quite a sight, the two of them with this big rack hanging on the rack of Jim's bike.
Could there be a more kick-ass end to the story??