Obviously, a whole lot has changed since the mid-1960s. Most of us shoot a compound bow that is far easier to master, inherently more accurate, and much flatter shooting than the recurve Mel Johnson used that day. We also hunt from treestands, know a heckuva lot more about deer behavior, and enjoy a whitetail herd that is dramatically larger, with more big bucks. For those reasons, there's a bunch of guys who hope Johnson's buck will not be displaced by a one like this--no matter how big the deer or ethical and hard-working the hunter. Deer hunting today, they argue, is simply a different game than it was when Mel Johnson tagged this giant, much like baseball was a different game in the pre-steroid era. Perhaps we should mark trophies like this with as asterisk in the record book to differentiate them, goes this line of thinking, just like we do to homerun sluggers who might have been on the juice.