Yes the 3" tip to tip measurement I was refering too was toe spread. Ground was dry and hard not soft at all. It was on more of a road the farmer uses between his two fields....
That would be huge for a deer around here. But, in judging a deer's size by the tracks another factor you have to know is whether the deer was walking, running, coming to a sudden stop, stamping his hoof, etc. There are lots of ways to vary the pressure of the impact on the ground. And a deer's foot, being pointed, will make a completely different impression than our big flat size 11s.
Everyone probably knows this already, but when judging tracks, never look at a single track, and try to figure out everything about the deer's movement when he made it. The best track to find is one with the deer still in it. [:D]