"It's not great deer habitat, like you'd see along the Ohio River or southern Illinois, that makes these deer big," says Keith Krantz, a wildlife biologist for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. "The main component of deer size in southern West Virginia is age." Much like R.D. Bailey, Panther's oak-hickory hardwoods are draped across extremely rugged terrain in McDowell County. Drops and rises between ridges range from 500 to 1,200 feet on average, and by all indications deer have taken advantage of the daunting climbs to live long and prosper.