Back in the '80s and early '90s both my Dad and I were lucky enough to tag bucks large enough for us to qualify for the Maine Big Bucks Club which requires a buck to field dress at at least 200 pounds on a certified scale. My Dad's tipped the scales at 217 and mine was 225.
Also, I didn't notice any mention in any of those links of Maine's all-time heaviest buck which was taken in 1955 by a fella named Horace Hinkley and weighed 355 pounds on a certified scale (if memory serves me). Most sources say this is the 2nd largest whitetail buck ever recorded (dressed weight) with only a large Minnesota buck weighing in more, dressed (again, if my memory serves me).
Here is the scenario... you sit in your 2 piece climbing stand and your foot inadvertently bumps the lower section while there is no weight on it - and it slides down the tree, out of reach!
OK, you are safe - you have a string tied from the upper section that you are sitting on and the foot portion that slid 4-5 feet down the tree. All you have to do it pull the other section up, reposition it and you are back in business, correct?
Have you ever tested this theory?
I have -...