How did you take your biggest deer? I got my biggest by still hunting/stalking, and had never seem him before. It was in a pouring rain. I had been slipping through about 50 acres of real dense pine thicket that sits between a hayfield and the hardwoods that I had several stands in. The pines were so thick that in most places, you would have to get on a knee and look under them. It was 11:30am, and I had spent two hours crawling through the thicket and hadn't seen anything. I had a stand about 20 yards away from where the thicket ended, at the crest of a hill, on a very small power line. There were a few scrapes in the power line, so I was headed there to see if they had been freshened. I crawled out of the thicket on my hands and knees, stood up and took about three steps toward the stand. All of a sudden a huge buck stood up from behind a pile of brush that was stacked up at the edge of the power line. He was 10 yards away and staring right at me so all I could see was his head and neck. I knew I only had a second to do something before he would bolt. In one motion, I pulled the hammer back on my Marlin 30-30, swung it to my shoulder, and fired at the base of the neck. The buck spun around and disappeared over the hill in a flash, but I heard him crash no more than 20 yards away. I took one more step and a big doe jumped up from behind the brush pile where the buck had been, and took off down the power line. I ran up to the crest of the hill and saw the buck down less than 5 yards from my tree stand. The two deer had been bedded up right in front of the stand I had hunted earlier that morning! I freaked out when I saw the antlers. They stand up 24" above his head, and the back tines are 14" long. After 5 days of hanging in a cooler, he still dressed out 209# http://www.catfish1.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=17472&d=1162789184 I'd love to read the story of everyone's best buck. Did you know he was in the area? Were you in a stand, still hunting, drive, or like me, just plain luck?