In his rebuttal, Lone Star's owner Walt Isenhour says, "The ranch had produced trophy mule deer scoring 180, 176 and two 140s the prior year. The following season we took several 150-inch deer and saw two trophy bucks in the 190 to 200-inch range that we nicknamed Cheech and Chong.'
"We scouted the ranch during August 2012, did not see them, and called Jerry Hale and Rob Comey disclosing we had not sighted any trophy bucks. I was asked to scout the ranch again and report, which I did in late August.
"At that point I recommended they move their hunt to 2013 on our Colorado property due to the lack of trophy quality bucks. Rob Comey and his son accepted. Jerry Hale declined due to schedule conflicts and decided to try his luck on the New Mexico property along with his partner. After two days of hunting, they had seen several 140-inch bucks but passed hoping for a larger trophy, which is understandable. They elected to leave after just two days of hunting. I am sorry Jerry did not complete his hunt or transfer to the following year as offered.
"Jerry Hale has never contacted me voicing his discontent or offered any feedback. We are not hunting this property in 2013 due to the lack of trophy-class animals in 2012."
In a follow-up comment, Hale says, "I don't believe the trophy quality there is as good as he says."
Both Hale and Isenhour sent along photos they feel bolster their own cases. Hale says the buck he shot........(continued)