I did not see sew's question until now. Got this deer in Ohio on our farm as I recall 8 days after Thanksgiving. Came out with another buck just a few minutes before end of shooting time. Was broadside and the primer did not fire. Recocked and did not have a full side shot but a bit of an angle. Shot and I thought he dropped right there. By the time I got out of the stand etc. it was dark. Could not find him but I left thinking I would find him first thing the next morning. It rained over night. I was so confident that he was dead I did not even carry my SML when looking. Could not find him. Feeling pretty sick. When down further to look. About 125 yards and in my tall prairie grass he stood up. I walked away from him the long way back to my vehicle. It was raining so I got my CVA 45-70, the only firearm I had brought along this day. Went another route back in the rain, as I got within 30 yards he stood back up, he had been hit so hard he really could not move much. Then finished with the 45-70 but he did not die until I had walked that last 90 feet. A tough old buck. The taxidermist said it was the best deer he took in that year but I have no idea how many he takes in. He said it would make the Ohio Big Bucks registry but I never scored it. Never have with probably 25 other bucks, three other nice ones. I have never shot a deer except on our farm. When I got it back the taxidermist said from the teeth he felt it was 7.5 years old. Grey on the muzzle and the body actually pretty thin, from age or the rut. Another possibility is his bone under the eye socket was broken out. How recent I do not know and how much that bothered him or eating I do not know. Tall tines. I do not think I can easily do better so I will try to be very specific on future bucks, that will let my daughters have more opportunity although my youngest daughter got a pretty nice one last year also. They use Sav SMLs.
I enjoy local because there are good sized deer in my neck of the woods in Ohio, there are less places to hunt in my area all the time so the family farm helps and I do not need to buy hunting licenses. I feel more secure on my own property.
I am not good at photos so I need my wife's help and can only add commentary later. I did not want the skull mount just lying around so my brother in law (with a little help from me) made the pedestal out of sycamore wood I had. Gets it up off the floor. The pedestal is 33 inches high and about 16 inches wide.
The sheds I found I think in different years, one after I burned the CRP tall prairie grasses. I never used to find any but now usually 1-3 a year, some years more.