I’m not sure why some hunters look down on road hunters. A big buck that lives close to a road is 10x smarter than a high country buck. Anyone can hike way back and kill a big buck. But to beat up your body driving down 2 tracks with hundreds of other hunters? That takes a special person. Road kill bucks should get 20” added to their score. They are the smartest bucks out there!
I will add to this thought process. I really don’t like hunting with other people watching other people in areas you cross paths continually. Having said that, I do believe some of the biggest and oldest bucks live within 2 miles of commonly traveled roads. Is this because many roads are located in lower country that due to the lay of the land, are thicker and less accessible to the wandering eye or two mile high glasser with 10k in optics? They are there for a reason, we won’t dive down that rabbit hole but I’ll just go with out of sight, out of mind.
I’ve actually found one 200 incher while driving in Wyoming. I pulled to a stop, got out of the truck and put a pack on the ground then pulled the trigger.
I didn’t recover the buck until
My buddy came to help me two days later. The shot was only 245 yards but the buck was facing me at the shot and the bullet glanced off the leg bone and didn’t do the intended damage. I put two rounds into him when we finally relocated him.
I found another in Colorado while long glassing from the pickup. Turn back tag to boot. One of the coolest sequence of events on a hunt I’ve had. I made my play and killed him in his bed after relocating him from my truck 2 hours later and a 45 min stalk.