A roundup of Pennsylvania Game Commission reports has found three items of interest to Bucks County residents – about a “monster” deer, “noisy” duck and record archers -- though none of the happenings occurred there.
Local hunters might know a deer hunter in Bucks County in 1995 took down a buck measuring 174 7/8 inches, but a “monster buck’ recently was recorded by the state Game Commission measuring 228 3/8 inches.
Anthony Faus shot “a monster buck” last October in East Berlin, Adams County, but “just kind of sat on” the information, according to the state Game Commission – that is, until a friend talked him into bringing the big buck’s rack to agency offices in Harrisburg recently to be scored.
As it turned out, it was nearly a state record landing in second place for a non-typical buck taken by archery. The first place was a slight bigger taken by Eric Carns in Clearfield County in 2016 at 228 6/8 inches.
In a second report, the state Game Commission and West Hills Regional Police Department in Westmon were investigating a video that shows a teenage boy strangling and killing a duck in Cambria County because it was “making noise.” The incident was seen on video on Snapchat and across social media.
The video shows a hand grabbing the duck by the neck and shaking it, and then ends with an image of what appears to be the same duck decapitated.
The teen’s identity was not released, and the state Game Commission is investigating.
The deer had a 22-point rack with a spread of 26 7/8 inches.
The third report found a record number of Pennsylvania schools competing in a state archery tournament in Lancaster County – about 900 students from 53 schools.
“It’s actually a record for us for number of schools,” Todd Holmes, of the state Game Commission’s Shooting Sports Outreach Division, reportedly said about the National Archery in the Schools Program tournament. “The program is still growing, and we’re excited to have more space.”
Over the past 10 years, the number of Pennsylvania schools with archery programs has grown from about 100 to 300, said Holmes.
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