The bear was taken in early June 2006. The actual mount was done well before November, I know because I was in Saskatchewan then and paid my mount a visit. It didn't arrive until July because of all the government red tape on both sides of the border. The full mount cost 3,000.00 US. It was not my first bear but I couln't resist a full body mount on a Boone & Crockett. My wife was thrilled to say the least. The bear scored exactly 20 inches, just making B&C. He only weighed 315 pounds in June, come the fall I'm sure he'd be pushing 500.
The 12 pointer above him was also taken in Saskatchewan in 2005. Mount was by the same taxidermist, Link Taxidermy, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. They're not cheap but do impecible work.
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...