If you shoot one like the Iowa monster:
- At the kill spot, take many pictures of the deer and your surroundings from various angles but only with your camera; document every inch of rack while it is still attached to the big deer.
- If you want privacy, do not email anyone a picture, not even your brother or best friend, or else you and your giant will pop up on a forum and then be all over the Web, I promise you that.
- Tag monster before you move it; take a picture of you tagging the deer for documentation. Very important!
- Call a CO/warden and insist he come look at the giant. If he says “no need” insist he come and officially document it.
- Do not ride around town and show it off. People will talk and take pictures, and those nasty rumors will start.
- Do not take monster to a butcher shop or taxidermist (again people will gawk, take pictures, etc.). At home after skinning, be careful if you saw the rack off the head—if you break the skull plate the buck is not eligible for the B&C book.
- Sadly, you need to lock the rack in a gun safe or undisclosed secure location. If a thug knows you shot a monster he might target your house-- a big reason that the fewer people who know about your giant right off the bat, the better. BTW, from what I hear, both Iowa hunters who recently shot those 200-inchers worried the racks might be stolen.
- Unless you shoot the new world record, forget about making millions. For a 200-plus-net typical or 250-inch NT, a bow/gun/ammo company might send you around to some deer/trade shows next winter/spring, but they don’t pay nearly as much as some guys think. Plus, should it be about the money?
- Some people say contact a lawyer. Why in hell would you do that? That would just add to the rumors you have something to hide.
- Some will inevitably try to rain on your parade, saying you shot it at night, in a pen, on a posted sanctuary, etc. Smile and forget them.
- When you are ready to tell your story and release your photos, contact me :) I’ll post your dream buck on the blog, write it up in a magazine and feature it on Versus TV.
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