When Bunch first passed on the buck--which he called Big 8--he estimated it measured 140 inches. He found the deer's right shed near his stand and later came into possession of its left antler after friends found it while turkey hunting. In 2012, the 180-class 8-pointer led a charmed life. "He was kind of stupid, running around on the road in broad daylight," Bunch says. "My brother had him at 20 yards but shot over his back. He walked under my stand about five times, but I wanted my brother to have the opportunity if he wanted it. And I'd always wanted to let a buck grow to 6 ½, just to see what he'd do."