First off this is an awsome buck! No matter the score, it is a world class animal and is at least deserving of being seen. As far as the issue about the right G-3 goes, I will say that when I saw pictures of the deer in D&DH my first instinct was that the point was in fact abnormal. My first impression, before ever reading the story, was that it shared a common base with the G-2. My interest was peaked after reading the story though, and I sought out additonal pics of it. I can say, that I can see where others disagree that it is abnormal and is a typical point. It is very, very close and could honestly go either way. I may not be an expert, but I would consider myself a deer enthusiast to say the very least. I have seen many, many world class racks in person and in the magazines and I think I undestand the scoring system pretty well. Again based on my initial instinct I thought the point was abnormal. However, I will concede that I have not seen this deer in person and the pictures I have seen may not do the deer justice. My opinion could change if I ever had the chance to see it in person.
As far as the article goes, I think it was well written (as most D&DH articles are), but it was a little one sided. I got the impression the author believed this deer to be a typical 6x6 and was playing up the conspiracy story. As I read it, I really thought there were a few inconsistancies in it. I do, in fact, think that proper B&C protocal was followed considering the rack was broken. I really don't see a major conspiracy. The point is so close to the typical-- non-typical line that there is bound to be differing opinions on it. It just happens that the opinion that matters the most is that the point is non-typical. The article pointed to several "experts" that viewed it as typical, but really gave very little from the other view point. I am sure they could've found quite a few that believed it to be abnormal. Also remember, this rack was purchased for what was probably a pretty good sum of money. The new owner has a vested interest in the rack now. He would probably stand to gain alot from owning the B&C typical world record. So to say that there isn't at least a possibility that there is some score shopping going on would be a little misguided.
Again, this buck could be viewed either way. At this point I would say the point is sharing a common base, but I wouldn't say that I am so sure of it I would feel comfortable betting the family farm on it. This is a great, great whitetail and at least people are now getting to see it. This buck definetly deserves to be seen. I would also congradulate Mr. King on his accomplishment in harvesting such a fine animal. Harvesting a world class buck is something very, very few of us will ever get to experience and this deer is definetly world class. It is unfortunate that his score in B&C, had it not been withdrawn, would not give the proper indication of his true size. However, that is true of several deer in the record books because of current scoring guidelines. This deer is special and can stand on its on merits regardless of score.