I thought it would be neat to follow up on this post. Pretty sure I saw this buck again this spring when I was scouting. He had shed one side and looked like he broke off a lot of tines, but the configuration of that star spike off his right side is pretty evident. Knowing he was frequenting the area, I made sure and applied for the either species tag this season figuring he'll probably blow up this season.
And of course, I got denied. Drew the whitetail tag but was refused the either species upgrade.
Here's a photo of the buck here in the spring.
This link has a lot of whitetail stuff in it, but at the bottom of the journal are a bunch of Kansas mule deer photos, including the one attached in this post.
Guess I'll have to wait another year and hope he makes it again.