By Rob Potter
CALLICOON By taking a buck on Dec. 5 which scored a total of 79 1/2 in the Democrat measuring system, Andy Piezga Sr. of Carbondale, Pa. is the winner of the Biggest Rack Division of the Democrat’s 36th annual Big Buck Contest.
Piezga, a member of the Paw Hunting Club, was hunting on club land in Buckingham Township in Wayne County, Pa. when he spotted the buck standing alone and shot him.
The buck’s two beams measured 22 1/2 inches and 23 1/2 inches in length, respectively, and the spread from outside to outside of the beams was 20 1/2 inches.
Those three figures added up to 66 1/2, which, when the buck’s 13 points were added, produced a total score of 79 1/2.
For winning the Biggest Rack Division of the Democrat Contest, Piezga will receive a $100 cash prize and a free mounting courtesy of Rod’s Taxidermy in Callicoon.
The second place prize of $50 goes to Bret Dailey of Tyler Hill, Pa.
On Dec. 10, Dailey shot a 10-point buck in Damascus Township in Wayne County, Pa. which scored a total of 78 3/4 in the Democrat measuring system.
When asked if the buck is the largest he has ever taken, the 14-year-old Dailey smiled and simply said “yes.”
Please see Tuesday’s issue for the names of the first, second and third place finishers in the Heaviest Deer Division of the Democrat contest.