1,701 yards?! They are tough animals some times for sure. Congratulations on a great buck and sticking with it to find him! Would have been a real shame to have lost such a deer.
I assume you aren't going to have him mounted since you cut his head off that way? At least not a shoulder mount?
I intended to just do a Euro mount. But when I got him home and compared him to the 8pt I killed in MZ season, he was considerably bigger. The more I looked at him, the more I wish I'd caped him. I took him to the taxidermist (Foster Butt) and he had some extra capes and said he'd fix him up good as new. I should have thought it through better. Sometimes in my mind I set my standards too high. In the end.. yes, I'm doing a shoulder mount. I figured I wouldn't regret mounting him, but I could regret not