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Mike Wingert of Callicoon Center, took this awesome buck yesterday, November 29, opening day of the Pennsylvania Deer Season. The 7-pointer scored 73.75 in the Democrat. The buck had 4 3/4 inch bases and 23.75 and 22.75-inch beams, respectively, and a 20.25-inch spread. Mike was hunting in the Town of Damascus, Pa.

Tom Price continues to lead Democrat’s Big Buck Contest

By Rob Potter
CALLICOON — November 30, 2010 — As the regular firearm deer hunting season enters its second week, there is no change at the atop the leaderboard of the Sullivan County Democrat’s 37th Annual Big Buck Contest.
As of 10 a.m. yesterday, Tom Price of Monticello was still the leader in the Biggest Rack division of the contest. On opening day, Saturday, Nov. 20, Price took a 10-point buck while hunting in the Town of Thompson. He then brought the buck to Cannie D’s in Neversink, which is one of the official measuring stations for the Democrat contest.
Price’s buck scored 77 1/2 in the Democrat measuring system.
Bob Kackos of Neversink is in second place in the Biggest Rack division. He shot a 12-point buck on opening day which scored 77 1/4 in the Democrat measuring system.
The leader of the Heaviest Deer division of the Big Buck Contest is Mike Chanov of Liberty. On Nov. 20, he shot an 8-point buck and took it to Cannie D’s, which is also one of the official weigh-in stations for the Big Buck Contest.
Chanov’s buck tipped the scales at 170 lbs.
Geoffrey Sheppard of Cochecton is in second place in the Heaviest Deer division. He shot a 5-point buck on Nov. 21 in the Town of Thompson which weighed 165 lbs.
It will be interesting to see if Price retains his hold on the top spot since the regular firearms deer hunting season began yesterday in Pennsylvania. Bucks which are taken in Wayne County, Pa. are eligible for the Democrat contest as long as they are entered at one of the official measuring stations. Those stations are listed in the Big Buck Contest advertisement on this page.
Historically, many big bucks have been taken in The Keystone State, including the winner of the 2009 Big Buck Contest. Last December, Andy Piezga Sr. of Carbondale, Pa. was hunting in Buckingham Township in Wayne County, Pa. when he shot a 13-point buck which scored 79 1/2 in the Democrat measuring system.
Piezga received a $100 prize and a free mount of his buck from Rod’s Taxidermy in Callicoon for taking first place in the Biggest Rack division.

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