Witnesses Cause Shrinkage
It has been scientifically proven that witnesses cause shrinkage with any type of game.
A perfect example is the doe I took two years ago weighed 180 pounds, field dressed and hung on a scale.
This past year, I took a doe that weighed only 120 on the scale. She looked Identical to the doe two years ago, maybe even a tad bit bigger. The only difference is this past year I had a witness help me drag her out and hang her. After we skinned her and compared the hides (I tan), she was actually bigger than the previous years deer. Again, witnesses.
The only time a witness should be allowed anywhere near a deer (or fish) is after it has been cleaned and process and placed in the freezer.
Inside Every Bright Idea Is The 50% Probability Of A Disaster Waiting To Happen.