Yep, they are Jersey swamp deer.And some people say there ain't no big deer in the Jersey pines! It took me almost 6hrs to get each one of them out on 2 separate days. That's 12 hrs. of draggin'. The water was deep enough at times to float a boat. I think the antlers were dark from rubbin' on some old burned out pine trees.
By the time gun season comes around, biggin's like these guys are totally nocturnal. Even though were I was, they probably never saw many ( if any ) humans. But somewhere in every forest there is a calendar posted with all the deer seasons marked on it. How else would they know when to hide !