I know, how dare anyone else be in my area! ha ha ha ha
It looks by the pics that the deer moved down the mountain a bit from where I saw him. When I first saw him and tracked him, he was on the move, migrating, I believe. He actually wanted to continue down while I was on his tracks, but I think he caught people on the ridge ahead of him and it was several hours after light, so he turned back and bedded. He probably pressed on down the mountain after dark.
ElkManDan got it done big time in my opinion. Big bucks in the extended unit are hard to get. It might seem like they should be easy during the rut, but not so. It takes serious time, effort and some luck to arrow an old buck like this one. I could tell as I tracked him that he'd played that game for many years. I was only 120 yards behind him for hours. He never ran, would just walk away through the absolute thickest oakbrush he could bury himself in. In one spot, he was 20 yards away and I honestly didn't think he was going to be able to get his antlers through the mess. It was that thick!!! Chasing, tracking that buck for hours and hours was one of the funnest, and most educational, days of hunting I've ever had.
Based on my guessing that the buck was far below my elevation, I would've probably never seen him again anyway.