The second picture makes his face look old and he may be over the hill and thus his color. He lacks any real brow points and the front left looks like it doesn't fork. He should go into the 170s with the length of his main beams along with his back and mass measurements. I would say he needs to be shot this Fall if he's still around and then you can measure him and tell us the score! That other buck looks young with a lot of potential.
Damn, very sad to see. They had one like that out here in California, or maybe it was Oregon, that they were using the photo of the deer with the arrow as an example of the inhumanity of hunting. Gave them good ammunition (no pun intended) to use as anti's.
If it's been a length of time since your archery season when that doe was shot and she's still looking okay I would say that the arrow will not kill her. It will probably break off and scar tissue will form around the broadhead. I've seen pictures of a few like that and they were getting along fine. In fact, I took a couple pictures of a forky back in about 2003 while on a ML hunt in NM that had an arrow sticking out from behind his head/neck area and he was fine. I'll try to find and attach the picture of him.
So it's early September and you just took your first elk with a bow! Chances are you are feeling pretty good at this point. You get all your trophy pictures taken and the adrenaline starts to wear off. Now you start to think about the massive chore at hand. You have your work cut out for you! This early in the fall, chances are it's going to be hot when you go to field dress your animal. One of the complications that hot weather brings forth is BUGS. They will land on you and your animal, lay...