Big Ten and his brother, Big Eight were the first deer I got on my cam when I put it out in 2005. I could hardly tell one from another at first, but I learned. Big Eight got shot from the road in November of 2005 but Big Ten made it though the season though he tore off an antler fighting in December. He was 2 1/2 years old.
The next year he grew a stunted palmated antler out of the ruined socket.
In 2007 he grew a bigger palmated antler on the bad side.
On the good side he was a solid typical six point. He'd be a big twelve if he had both antlers. He's got good tine length and mass. Quite a buck. He's 4 1/2 in this photo.
This year he is 5 1/2 and bigger and burlier than ever. I haven't seen him on cam but did see him in person. The ruined side is big, but goes straight up, a lot like in 2007 but as tall as the other side. On the good side he is a massive six.
Great genetics. I hope he breeds every doe in the watershed.