Yea, I know guys that have hunted it and have killed some giants!! The quality has gone down some due to pressure by hunters on horse back, but there are some dandies taken each year. You just have to know where to go, its a big area. I had some other buddies that hiked towards the top from Highway 38 last year and did not even see a deer. It was their first time going into the area and did not really do their home work right. They just looked at a map found some trails and hiked. They did not even ask me for my opinion, oh well... If your ever in the area go to the Forest Station (Mill Creek Ranger Station) on highway 38 just out of Yucaipa, they have a monster mounted in there that was taken by a local hunter in the wilderness. Or I'll try and stop by there some time and take a picture of him and post it on here.
I would like to see a pic of that buck, I pass by the mill creek station all the time. I might go on a hike this coming weekend....if I do I'll stop in and take a look. I would think there should be some monsters over there..... Hows the hunting pressure in the wilderness area(I know it's a huge area) but I mean, is it like everywhere else...on opening day? I would think it wouldn't be because one would to have all the backpackin gear and in good shape to do a hunt in that part of the woods.
Did you see the D-14 record buck taken in 2010, it may have been 2011(I can't remember) anyways herman did the mount.....Next time you see him ask'em about it.
Yea I know about that buck it was taken by a houndsman I know, Richard S. He took the buck below my cabin just off the highway. I believe it scored in the 180's. I have taken some very nice bucks in the same area. Last year was the worst I ever saw, all small bucks never did see anything bigger than a three point.
Here is a picture of Richard and his Zone D14 buck
Who cares what he scores that buck is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! Looks like those are not just eye guards but he actually has 4 horns? Trophy of a life time forsure:)
Here is a picture of my sons first buck taken in the same general area Richard took that record book.