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Before I was guessing from a picture on my phone.
I just scaled it on my home computer and have it with 24" ears and right at a 30" mainframe with another inch or so for the cheaters.
Nice buck.
 

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ears - 22 3/16" average

Uh, that deer looks familiar. Were you at Jody's Diner in Evanston when you took the picture?
 

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Don't know if he is 30 main frame. The first split is not outside his ears.
Doesn't matter, he is a shooter for sure.
His G-3s flare out a couple inches past his ear though.
I wouldn't be willing to bet anyone he's over 30 inches but he's real close.
 

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Disproportionately large ears are a side effect of pesticides. Were you able to get a good look at his balls?
You are starting to get it.......Next time go a little slower and try sounding the words out.
 

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bugchuker,

I don't think it would score much more than 180" for the reasons you stated.
Also, I think the velvet buck is bigger.
 

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29" , 180 gross.
 

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The standard for judging width by the ears is one of the best myths going out there.

This buck is pushing 30. Not sure if he quite gets there on his frame, but I think he breaks the 30 mark with the cheaters.
 

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+1 to what Vanilla said. As a taxidermist I've seen a lot of dead mule deer. I've seen ears ranging from 22" tip to tip all the way up to 28".

My guess is that the buck in the picture has 26" ears
 
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