CANTON, Pennsylvania- Hunters have said the deer harvest in Pennsylvania is small this year, but one crossbow hunter bagged a trophy that stands out.
Chris Radney, a truck driver from Canton, Pennsylvania, took down a 20 point buck on November 10th.
The Star Gazette says Radney didn’t even want to go hunting because of the unseasonable cold weather.
Radney and his son hunted from a ground blind on a friend’s farm in Franklin Township, just southeast of Towanda. He actually had his eye on another nice buck that was hanging around some does when the giant stepped out, the report said.
“When he came in the field, he dominated everything. It was something like I’d never seen before,” Radney said. “We had no trouble seeing horns, even at 200 yards with my bare eye. The smaller one was messing with us all night. We were all jacked up about that one and then this one came across the lane. I don’t know if it was the cold or buck fever, but we were shaking pretty bad.”
Radney maintained his composure long enough to make a solid shot at about 50 yards. He got nervous again when the blood trail started to peter out, but he eventually located his prize.
The buck sported 20 antler points and was green scored at a whopping 188 inches.
Now that he has shot the biggest buck of his life, by far, Radney admits it will be hard to top it.
“Everybody tells me I need to quit hunting now, but I don’t think that’s going to happen,” he said. “From now on, it will have to be a pretty big buck for me to consider shooting.”