Back in 1997 or 1998 when I was 13 or 14 I scored a J12 tag that my uncle Werner put me in for. I killed a nice buck with him and we always kind of joked that I would never shoot a buck like that again. I kept it on my wall in my bedroom as a teenager, but eventually, in the interest of attracting girls, I took it down (I've since learned and married a good one...). My uncle was building a little ranchita down in Baja and that seemed the perfect place for it until I decided I wanted it back. The deer stayed there on his ranch, along with the buck he got on his G39 hunt that I joined him on a few years after my hunt. Sadly, my dear uncle died in June. He was an incredibly fit man all of his life. But about 5 years ago he was in a bad bicycle accident and had to have surgery. He developed some sort of rapidly advancing dementia after that and passed in June. We all went down to the ranch this past weekend to celebrate his life and what would have been his 71st birthday. I planned to bring my buck home but he looked too good on the wall there so I'll get him at a later date, I still have access to the ranch anytime. Anyway, I thought it would be good motivation for anyone with an X9 or late season tag to see him. Obviously at this time of year you'll have to work a lot harder to find something like this, but they're out there.... Also, Ed F finished up my opening day D16 buck from last year a few months ago... he's looking great on the wall. Thanks Ed!