Cory gave me a huge hug as I choked back tears. I was speechless. We made our way down the steep embankment, up another hill, and stumbled our way through the field to where he lay. I crouched down next to him. My hands slid across his thick horns, tracing each curve and point. I gently lifted his head to get a better look at his massive rack. It was an intricate mix of exhilaration and reverence, adrenaline and reflection.