This leads up to a good question.
Would you shoot a nice or large buck with only 1 antler?
When that happened to me I truly didn't know what to do. It turned out that i never really had a shot, but I didn't know whether to shoot or not if I got the chance.
I know that it's really unlikely here in WV that you could just wait until next year and hope it had both antlers. But the reality is it only has 1 antler. You could match up with an artificial reproduction but that isn't the deer you shot. if you're going to reproduce half the rack why not reproduce the whole rack with a 180 frame? You could mount it just the way it is, which is what I would probably do, but they just don't look as good with one antler.
Anyway, what would each of you do? and why?
I was hunting in one of my favorite spots in Mcdowell Co back in 94 and had the chance to shoot a monster buck with one antler.
The first morning i saw him he was following a doe, and as he stepped across the ridge, i skylined him and saw how big he was and got weak in the knee's. As he moved closer i noticed he only had his right main beam and it was as big around as a coke can.I calmed down.
He came pretty close to me, but i had 4 more bucks within 125" to 130" come by within 30 min's of me. Followed up by one of the biggest bucks i've ever seen in my life. He looked like he had a rocking chair sitting on top of his head. He was a monster, and i'd be affraid to guess how many inches of antler he had on his head. His rack went strait up!
I hunted hard for a weak and passed a 10 pointer because i felt i could get a closer shot than 40yds.
The next day i was hunting on the steep side of the mountain, 10ft from the bank and it looked like 100ft strait down below me.
I was just over the crest of the ridge and i could see the otherside of the hill going down.
I watched as two deer come up out of the bottom and it was a Huge buck following a doe walking right for me coming up the center of the ridge line.
As i was drawing back to shoot, the doe passed by me within 12yds and the bucks head popped out from behind the tree just behind the doe and it was the one antlered buck i had been seeing all week long.
I had two bucks that would score around 130" feeding around twords me on a flat 30yds to my right and i got gready. Instead of taking a 12yd shot on a buck with one antler, bigger than anything i've ever killed with two antlers (He had five huge tines on his one side) i let him walk right by me.
i watched the other two feed right up under me in the brush and treelimbs and then watched them turn and go the otherway.
I should have shot the one with one antler, but hindsight is 20/20.
One of the nice 10 pointers was wounded the next year along with another 8 pointer, and it gets worse.
I'll leave it at that though. There's still been some nice deer come from out of the area. I grew up there and still go back from time to time.