Without seeing the photo's or knowing the area, but based on what you say about deer like this being rare there, I would guess that this is an OLD deer....one that has managed to survive to reach the size and age that he is. If you can kill this deer, he will be a trophy of GREAT magnitude, regardless of what his score is.
I live in Illinois, and big deer like this are not uncommon here. But several years ago, during bow season, I stopped at the local meat market that a friend of mine owns, who at that time, was still cutting deer. He told me to go with him into the back cooler to see this buck that a fellow had brought in. This is on the edge of suburbia, and many deer here simply die of old age.
Anyway......I walk into the cooler, and here's this buck, with his hind legs from the hock joint down cut off mind you, hung by one of the remaining legs, and his FRONT QUARTERS WERE NOT ENTIRELY OFF THE FLOOR!!! I've seen a LOT of huge deer in Illinois over the years, but I'd never seen one so big. He had a large, but knarley rack, that at one time must have been a sight to see. He also had only a half dozen or so teeth left in his mouth. I doubt that he'd have lived another year.
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