Friday, February 11, 2011

Pennsylvania Puts a New Dauphin County Buck Into the Record Book!

By MARCUS SCHNECK, The Patriot-News

The gang at Camp Swamp Hole near Loyalton, in northern Dauphin County, continues to carve out their niche in the big game record books of Pennsylvania. For 2010, it’s a white-tailed buck that has scored among the largest typical set of antlers ever harvested in the state.
Brothers Brian and Jeff Sitlinger share a moment
of triumph around the monster buck that the
latter bagged near Loyalton in northern
Dauphiun County on the first day of the 2010
firearms hunting season for deer.

Jeff Sitlinger, an Elizabethville native who now lives in Peachtree City, Ga., downed the massive 13-pointer at 7:22 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29, the first day of the 2010 firearms hunting season for deer.Scores are derived by measuring various aspects of a deer’s antlers under guidelines established by the Boone and Crockett organization. The same system is used by the Game Commission’s Big Game Scoring Program, which previously listed the top five typical bucks taken in Pennsylvania as follows:

He waited a bit more than the 60 days of required drying period before bringing the rack back to the Pennsylvania Game Commission for official scoring today.

Some friends who have made a hobby out of learning to score deer antlers gave it an unofficial gross score of 192-3/8 and unofficial net score of 183-5/8.

However, today the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Bob D’Angelo scored the rack at 182-0/8, which ranks it as the No. 4 typical rack ever recorded in Pennsylvania.

No. 1, score of 189-0, taken in Bradford County in 1943 by Fritz Janowsky, of Wellsburg, N.Y.
No. 2, score of 184-6, taken in Greene County in 1974 by Ivan Parry, of Graysville.
No. 3, score of 182-5, taken in Blair County in 1951 by Chester Allison, of Harleysville.
No. 4, score of 180-4, taken in Sullivan County in 1931 by Floyd Reibson, of Forksville.
No. 5, score of 177-5, taken in Bedford County in 1957 by Raymond Miller, of Bedford.

Sitlinger’s buck may also score among the top 300 ever registered with Boone and Crockett

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