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After several years of either tagging out in archery season or hunting the first Monday after Thanksgiving in Ohio, I returned to McKean County for first day of rifle season, this year. Needless to say, I'm quite pleased with the results.

I used to hunt "the mountains" every year with my Dad, but with the decimated deer population in so many of our favorite spots, it ceased to be worth the 3.5 hour drive. As a result, we started hunting Ohio and West Virginia during their firearms seasons and enjoyed much better success with more deer in both states, and bigger bucks in Ohio.

This year, after talking with a family friend local to our mountain spot and finding that the deer herd seemed to be making a bit of a comeback, we decided to give it another try. I ended up seeing 14 deer, of which 4 were bucks. The fourth was the one I ended up taking.

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9-point
17.5" spread
270wsm @ 75 yards
 

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Congrats on a beauty. I'll take a decent mountain buck (big woods) over a farmland buck any day. Nothing against farmland bucks but the whole "Big Woods/Mountain" expericence is unbeatable IMO.
 

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Great buck! This year I passed up alot of bucks at home In search of a good Bradford county mountain buck and it paid off on the 6th day of a 7day hunt at camp. It was one of my best bucks ever, and taking it at camp made it #1 in my book! Congrats!!
 
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