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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Washington County PA
Steelhead 125: My observations in PA are very close to yours. I moved to PA 46 years ago and I have spent countless hours in the woods scouting, running cams, hunting mushrooms/sheds, hiking, 4 wheeling and walking the family pet etc.
I doubt that I have ever seen a rack in PA that would score over (say 2-3) 130ish, a number around 125 . I lived away from PA for a few years but returned to hunt as my work took me back and I had plenty of places to stay.
Even though I spent much less time scouting the other states I hunted I saw 2 in IL 160+- others 150' and 140's, IN 150-160's, OH a few 140's, Ky 130's, NY 125+- and Kansas high 150's.
Currently EHD has taken a heavy toll on the bucks in my area in PA and OH. Last year on camera and while hunting probably 105 is about the largest rack I saw in PA and I hope they are alive and have grown this fall.
So many times I have had individuals tell me they are spot lighting a huge rack only to take me along to see a 110-115 maybe a 120 and I guess they are right that is a big rack based on what they have seen over time. Perhaps because that is all that is their area.
My realistic (I think) goal in PA each year is to locate and hunt a 125.....I do almost all my deer hinting in archery season.
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