As Western hunters, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to hunt whitetails and mule deer out our back doors. Although whitetails are the most popular big-game animal across the Lower 48, mule deer still hold a special place for many hunters who call the West home. In fact, most hunters out West chase both species given the chance, so it’s fitting to throw in a mule deer piece here on occasion.

That said, every season some true-blue monsters get hauled out of the woods by hard-working bowhunters during the early season. Here are five bucks in particular that are hard to ignore. Although all of these mule deer were harvested differently, they share one thing in common: each was killed with a stick and a string, and all measure more than 200 inches.