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Southwestern Pennsylvania bowhunter’s buck a new state typical record [photo]

Harrisburg, Pa. — A massive 13-point buck shot last year by a southwestern Pennsylvania bowhunter has been officially scored as a new record typical buck for the Keystone State.

Ron Shaulis of West Newton, Pa., harvested the buck last Oct. 24 with a compound bow on public land in Westmoreland County. The rack had a net score of 185 4/8 inches, which surpassed the previous record of 178 2/8 from a buck harvested in Allegheny County in 2004.

Ron Shaulis, center, of West Newton, Pa., with his record 13-point buck. At left is official scorer Ray Brugler; at right is Game Commission Big-Game Scoring Coordinator Bob D’Angelo. (Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Game Commission)

Shaulis’s buck now stands as the new state record in the typical archery category.

“The 13-point rack was very symmetrical, and lost only 7 7/8-inches in side-to-side deductions, which included an inch-and-a-half abnormal point off the right-side G-2 point,” said Bob D’Angelo, Pennsylvania Game Commission Big-Game Scoring Program coordinator. “That’s not much in deductions on a set of antlers this size.”

The rack had 25- and 26-inch main beams, more than 11-inch G-2 and G-3 points, a more than 20-inch inside spread and 4½-inch or better circumferences at the four locations where circumference measurements are taken on the main beams.

Shaulis put in a tremendous amount of time scouting and monitoring trail cameras, and it ultimately paid off. He credited the Game Commission for sound practices with deer management in the state.

“I didn’t know what I had until I took the rack to the taxidermist,” Shaulis said. “He told me I should definitely get it scored, as it might be a new record. That’s when I knew I wanted to take it to Harrisburg to get it officially scored.”

Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans congratulated Shaulis on his record buck.

“Ron’s enormous buck is the trophy of a lifetime and representative of the amazing quality deer hunting available in Pennsylvania today,” Burhans said. “While Ron’s buck takes the top spot for a typical taken with archery equipment, no record is safe in a state where more than 150 successful buck hunters have their names added to the state’s record book each year.”

Last year, a buck taken in Clearfield County that scored 228 6/8 inches was a new No. 1 in the Nontypical Archery category.

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