Shortest hunt,Best Buck

For decades 3 inch spike bucks were legal game in Pennsylvania.The most common bucks in my area were spikes and y’s.I took my share of them along with a few small racked 6 and 7 pointers.A few years after PA instituted antler restrictions I had only taken does.This season was bucks only for 5 days followed by 7 days of buck and doe season.Saturday was the first doe day.I had hunted a few days earlier with no luck.I could get away for the afternoon and drove to a friends farm.I hiked across the fields to a wooded ridge and placed my stool next to a large tree.It was 1:30 when I sat down to watch the ridge line above me.Hunters were active in the next valley and I hoped for deer to come over to my side.Later,I saw a large bodied deer moving uphill in brush to my left.I saw 3 large points on an antler(the legal minimum).The next time the shoulder was exposed I took my shot.He rolled down the slope and kicked for a while.It was 1:55.He had a 16 inch outside spread,6 large points and 2 little bumps not big enough to be brow tines.My personal best.

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John VanDerLaan

Hi folks! I'm John VanDerLaan and I have a deep passion for the outdoors, and deer hunting in particular. I am what you call a year round deer hunter. I am in the whitetail woods year round preparing for the next years season and I love to share the knowledge that I've gained over 40 years of chasing the wily whitetail! In full disclosure, it is safe to assume that I am an affiliate for products that I recommend. I will make a commission if you buy through my link. You will not pay more when buying through my link. In fact, oftentimes I have negotiated a lower price (or bonuses) for my readers than you will find anywhere else online. Also, when you buy through my link, it allows me to continue to provide you with tons of FREE valuable information through this website!

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