The really odd thing is the guy did want the attention, at least in the beginning. As I recall he videotaped the recovery, took still photos, and told people about his buck. It was not unusual for someone to be asked to validate their authenticity about a subject (unless your Barry Obama being asked to prove US citizenship
) nor was it singling him out to request it. The moment he stopped seeking attention was when he was asked to prove it.
The most telling thing to me is when he turned down a public offer of $10,000 just to have the antlers x-rayed. And he could keep the rack. That was a perfect opportunity to shut up all the nay-sayers. And later I heard he sells the rack so money was obviously important to him. If the rack was real why didn't he take the earlier opportunity to make ten grand?
Nothing adds up in the story. I filed this one up "if it walks like a duck..."