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More Pennsylvania bucks are hitting the record books than ever before, and officials say antler restrictions are only one reason why.


The two major organizations for recording trophy whitetails both report an increase over the last several years both on the national level and in the number of entries from Pennsylvania.

The Boone and Crockett Club reported a 400 percent increase in trophy whitetail entries over the last 30 years. From 1980-85, 617 whitetails made it into the Boone and Crockett record book.

From 2005-10, that number jumped to 3,090.


From 1980-85, Pennsylvania was tied for last among states and Canadian provinces with no entries. For the period 2005-10, Pennsylvania ranked 20th on the list with 26 entries.

Pennsylvania also had more entries than any of its bordering states with the exception of Ohio, which listed 215 entries and placed fourth overall.

Balfourd said the antler restrictions enacted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission that took effect in 2002 had an impact on the number of trophy deer harvested in the state.


The Pope and Young Club, which maintains a records program for big game animals taken with archery equipment (longbows, recurves and compound bows only), has also experienced a steep hike in the number of entries both nationally and from Pennsylvania.

Pope and Young records trophy data in two-year periods, and from 1999-2000, 91 typical Pennsylvania archery bucks made the record book. In 2003-04 after antler restrictions were implemented, 162 Pennsylvania bucks qualified for the Pope and Young book. The number stayed constant until 2009-10, when it jumped to 207. Pennsylvania ranks 11th overall for contributing bucks to the Pope and Young record book.

Nationally, in 1999-2000, the club recorded 3,875 trophy archery bucks, compared to 5,084 from 2009-10.

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I am just tired of hearing about scores.

We now have more really great bucks in PA than at any time in my lifetime, but, do we really HAVE to worry about how their scores compare to any other state?



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Talking about buck in inches should be prohibited on this site except for a B&C/P&Y forum, where those who are enamored with bone can go to get all goose pimply.




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Have to agree with John. Whatever happened to just going hunting for huntings sake? Not trying to beat the nexts guys score. Tired of hearing I passed up a scrub or a dink buck. Havent seen any of those yet just bucks some might be smaller than others but still all deserve respect.

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if a guy tells me he got a nice 8 point, it might be a yearling or a monster. if he tells me what it scored, i have a pretty good idea how big it really is. thats all scores mean to me.

and like any other thread, look at the title & if you don't like it don't read it. simple, no?

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To me its not about beating the next guys score or scoring in general. I like to hunt mature whitetails with big horns. Whats the problem with that?
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Simple is the fact since its a public forum I have the right to read and comment on any post I want. If you dont like it then feel free to not read what I post.

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To me its not about beating the next guys score or scoring in general. I like to hunt mature whitetails with big horns. Whats the problem with that?
No problem. I'll do the same, but, a "big" buck is different depending on where it was raised. To compare us to some other state is a joke. A 4 year old "trophy" buck, is the same as some 4 year old buck from Illinois. They just grew up under different circumstances.



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