Forget cattle, the money's in the buck
"He was seen that summer by the bus driver. It was right in the area where I live, eh? Four of us were hunting him. I got him the second day of the second week. We did a drive to push him out and he came my way.
"I don't feel like a celebrity, really. It's something I never expected after shooting a deer. I've been in 30 to 40 magazines and on several television shows. You're not used to it, and all of a sudden you're on TV. People recognize you when you go somewhere. I've been traveling all through the states, and three times to Dallas.
"The guys I hunt with, we're all friends yet. All the publicity was a hassle at first. I think they were glad it was me, not them.
"There's different guys who want to buy it. I tell everybody it's not for sale. But if I have a crop failure next year, you never know. Doing the sportsmen shows makes good money, though. I'm a drawing card. Everybody wants to see the world-record deer. People drive for 800 miles just to see it.
"I could still put it on a full body mount if I wanted to. But the horns are what count. The fur doesn't mean nothing. It would be too much of a hassle to carry it around like that. Right now, it takes up the whole van. I'd have to buy a different rig."