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$25 Whitetail print? Catch?
Basically giving it away?
Basically giving it away?
I’m buying deer prints to furnish our new Ohio place. While perusing eBay I found this signed and numbered print selling for $25! I figured there had to be a catch and it was going to be printed from some guys home PC. Received it today and it’s awesome.
Then I realized it. Can anyone guess why this print was so cheap? It’s kinda funny.
Looks like a big Traverse City, Michigan area buck.
Maybe because it didn’t have droopy ears?
It is the mitch rompola buck!
Legitimate or not, it’s a piece of bowhunting history and lore that isn’t in the record books. And in the off chance the rack does ever appear and it’s real, you’ve got an original painting of it. It’s one hell of a discussion piece if anyone ever asks about it either way. Heckuva find especially for $25
Has the picture frame for it, been split too?
Because it's small in actual size, like copy paper small?
Pat have it X-RAYED to make sure the print is legit!
Many bucks over 5 years old have droopy ears. That buck was the real deal.
He will refuse to have it X-rayed, PBNJ, and we will never know the legitimacy. Then Pat will drift off into seclusion and his fan boys will always run to his defense every time the print comes into question. :)
R u soft peddling that print here on BS? Cuz we have strict rules of NOT selling stuff on the forums!^D
It looks like it was signed twice. Once on the artwork and again at the lower right. Is it a copy of someone else's print?
Pop quiz....anyone know the significance of the bucks in the background?
His son has posted here before. Maybe he will read this thread and offer some thoughts about the print.
Because the skull plate was broken and they had to get rid of it for cheap.
What is going on with the transparent deer toward the upper right side? The transparent buck is odd enough on his own, but what is the tail thing to the right of him? I can't zoom it up enough to tell.
INDBowhunter2 that is a print not an original. 22 of them still available on ebay.
It’s a signed and numbered print. I’m glad I got it. It’s a normal sized print on good quality paper.
Does the winner get a prize ?
Actually, a copy from China
Pat...sent you a PM. Nice print and does not look damaged. You know what size it is? If you can determine artist, you can look him up and get a better idea of value. If you purchase, you should get it framed properly...acid free matting. Wife has a long history of having her collection framed at Hobby Lobby...they will advise and help you get it done right.
We have a wildlife/outdoors art collection such that for every new piece, something has to come down. LOL
May be an artist's proof, reject or the real deal. Is it numbered, printer listed??
Well Paul Harvey, we are ready for the "rest of the story".
^...Kevin...thoughts on the print??
So here is the story behind the print.
Prior to my dad shooting that deer, he had been working with a company called Custom Shooting Systems (CSS) to design a bow. He actually shot the deer with a prototype of the bow that was later put into production and called the swampmaster.
After my dad got the deer, CSS commissioned the well known wildlife artist Charles Denault to do the print. I think the deal was that if you purchased the swampmaster bow you got one of the prints.
I think CSS went out of business and they must have still had an inventory of the prints. Those are the ones that are for sale on eBay.
Very interesting. Thanks Kevin!
Thanks for the tip Pat. Bought me one for my new place up in Ky.
Thanks Kevin...now we know the "rest of the story" behind the prints.
Not real, the ears are too droopy...8^)))
The good news, is that it's a cool painting to have in your place, and will be a fun talking point for folks.
Thanks for explaining... that print is hauntingly interesting, with all the back story and inquisitiveness on the subject... The Legend Lives!
Is it illegal to use as a homescreen on phone? ;0)
I don't know why but I had to have one. Probably all of the beer last night. Now Pat and I are twinsies.
My cousin has that same print on his wall. Next time I see him I will ask him where he got it.
Good follow up EmbryOklahoma!!!
I thought Mitch shot him from the ground, but the painting shows him in a treestand. Maybe it was a different deer I am thinking about as I thought he shota few from the ground.
It's been a long time, but here's what I recall; Mitch presented Chuck with a rough drawing on a sheet of yellow legal pad paper; It was from his view in the tree stand and the two smaller buck were in front of the big guy. Chuck wanted to feature the big guy and as he said' used artists discretion and put them off to the right of the painting. I have # 28 of 200. I remember buying it from Chuck at the Great Easterm Sports Show in Harrisburg, Pa. When I walked by his booth, I said, "I know that deer. Used to buy a print off of Chuck every year. It was then he told me about how he came to paint it. I'm thinking he even had the rough drawing on the yellow legal pad with him that weekend. Whether or not you believe in the buck doesn't matter. It is a helluva print. Hope this helps . Shick
I'm curious how to locate one to purchase. I think it would look great in our trophy room.
I finally got my print framed. Looks great and makes me chuckle every time I look at it.
And no one noticed that Mitch's son chimed in?
He used to do that a lot, appearing out of the mist every time the topic of his dad's "buck" came up. But he'd never answer any of the harder questions that guys would ask, such as "where is the mount now?".
We noticed Kevin posted. It's a 2 1/2 year old thread.
First time I've seen this thread. Looks cool to me and I'd have no problem hanging it in my game room. Famous/infamous buck!
That’s awesome Mike. I want one. I’m going to make a custom frame that leans outward on the sides.
Some e-bay sellers don't know what they have. Bless 'em.
Damn, the best comments are already taken…………you snooze, you lose !
Supposedly, this is the last known photo of the Rompola buck.
I just wish the ears were droopier