Was the Rompola Buck Real?

Was the Rompola Buck Real?

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By Daniel E. Schmidt

 

Known by his friends as the “Swampmaster,” Mitch Rompola posed with what was allegedly a free-range bow-kill of a 220-inch typical 12-pointer — with a 30-inch inside spread — from Michigan in 1998.

The Rompola Buck. If you’ve been around the deer world as long as I’ve been, a few names need no introduction. That one is perhaps the most infamous.

Was it real or just an elaborate fake? And, if it were real, how could it just seemingly disappear almost as fast as it appeared?

Let’s back this up.

This story starts back in November 1998. The world was a lot simpler then. Relatively few people had computers (no, not tablets) with Internet…



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