Somewhat germane to the topic, I got a copy of Wyoming Outdoors in the mail recently. This is essentially the "guides" association catalog they send out, but in it is contained the Big Game banquet and Awards entries. I think we all have hornflation from reading magazines and watching TV shows - these are the best of the best the outfitters could put on the ground in 2010 and here's the numbers:
Mule deer typical archery: 1) 190 2/8 2) 174 1/8 3) 164 2/8
Mule deer NT archery: 1) 180 6/8 (no other entries)
I find this very instructive from a premier state like Wyoming. I'm sure bigger deer than this are killed and not entered, but these are the best of the best from the pros who are out there every day and every season. It looks like it falls off pretty quick, I bet you'd be hard pressed to get 20 deer from around the state over 180 if you saw all the entries for every category.
Yeah, I take people's scores with a grain (or giant lump) of salt. There sure are a lot of "180 class" mule deer killed every year. I may or may not have inflated a score once or twice myself.