I have not. The only state I have seriously hunted them in is Vermont, and there have only been 2 in history from there, and only one of those was actually shot. The other was found dead.\
My father has one working his area right now though that the farmer saw the other day standing where my Dad parks his truck. The farmer saw it on Thursday, and told my Dad on Saturday that if he had seen it, he still would have been shaking, it was so big. Hoping he gets a shot.
I thought that was your job. There I was this whole time thinking that you were handling the boone and crocket deer problem... I have just been sitting back looking for small animals. Ha I'm just kidding with you. But hey, good luck if you still have some season left to work with.
Over the years I have seen several elk and deer hides left in the woods by hunters and I have to wonder why they do this? I fully understand and agree about getting the hide off the animal as soon as possible to cool the meat, but why not pack out the hide with you and use it? As far as I know there are no state laws that require you to take the hide home, but to me why waste such a beautiful part of the animal? Some might think they have no use for the hide or it costs too much to tan....