I was in Devon on business recently and was close to the Endsleigh House hotel which is the current location of the UK record wild red stag head. I decided to go and try and have a look at it and the hotel staff very kindly let me see and photograph the head.
I have seen photos of the head before in the late G. Kenneth Whitehead's books but you cannot get the true impression of just how massive this animal was until you see the head for real.
The thing that strikes you most is the girth of the beams, I would have trouble in getting my hand halfway around the main beam between the bez and trez tines.
For those that are interested I took a couple of photos, one is of the animal's final 20 point head (1950) which was probably going back slightly and the other is of the cast antlers from 1947 which is probably a nicer head. The angle on the photo of the full head does not give you a proper impression of the length of the beams which is around 45".
It would have scored a minimum of 224.5 CIC and it is sobering to think that a Cornish stag was shot in 2005 that pushed this to within 9 points and maybe from not too far away.