By Rob Potter
CALLICOON December 5, 2006 Only hours after Friday’s issue of the Democrat hit newsstands around Sullivan County with a story about a Pennsylvania buck taking the top spot in the newspaper’s 33rd Annual Big Buck Contest, another Pa. buck emerged as the new leader.
Last Monday, November 27, which was the opening day of the Pa. season, Paul Gonzalez of Queens shot a large 12-point buck on the property surrounding his second home in Manchester Township in Wayne County, Pa. just across the Kellams-Stalker Bridge.
Gonzalez, who brought his buck to the Democrat’s main office in Callicoon on Friday afternoon to be entered in the contest, said he took the deer from about 100 feet away with his 30-06 Remington 7800 model rifle.
The deer, which was estimated to be about 4 or 5 years old, and has main beams that are 25 3/4 inches and 25 inches, respectively, and an outside spread of 19 inches.
The buck’s total score in the Democrat system is 81 3/4.
Gonzalez’s buck is larger than the two deer which shared the 2005 contest title. Both of those bucks scored 80.
The Democrat’s contest which has two divisions, biggest rack and heaviest deer continues through the end of the regular firearm deer season.
The Pa. season ends at sundown this Saturday, Dec. 9.
The season for Sullivan County and New York State’s Southern Zone concludes at sundown this Sunday, Dec. 10.