If I remember correctly the buck was shot/died? about 4 years ago and was not allowed in the record books because of being MOSTLY mulie. It indeed was a cross breed from a high fence ranch that escaped. The two biggest problems with all of this is first my memory and second being an internet buck that has been around for quite some time. As with all things the story changes over years on the web. Hey don't think for a moment that I would not let the air out of him if given the chance. With a buck like that who cares---------NICE BUCK!!! I do remember there was a lot of controversy over this buck.