Pennsylvania Hunter scores an all-time Top 10 Buck

An impressive new entry was added to the Pennsylvania Big Game Record Book last month. Hunter Matthew Lingle killed the buck in Center County last November, and an official Boone and Crockett Club scorer tagged him on February 2. The buck’s final score was 203 3/8 inches, which puts him at an untypical ninth. whitetail never killed with a gun in the state.

Lingle did not respond to requests for comment, but Outdoor living was able to make contact with Doug Garrison, who scored the goal in February. He lives in Snyder County and serves as vice president of the local chapter of the National Deer Association. Garrison has been an official scorer for B&C since 2008, and in that time he says he’s never handled a set of woods like this.

“I probably only tagged two or three deer that made the Boone and Crockett Book. Period. It’s typical or not,” says Garrison. “And those were the first 200 I saw.”

Doug Garrison (far right) says that in all his years as an official B&C scorer, he never scored a 200 class dollar. Courtesy of Doug Garrison

Garrison says NDA curatorial officer Kip Adams contacted him last December to see if he could score the mark after the mandatory 60-day curing period ended. He says after seeing a picture of the deer he knew he wanted another scorer there to help. He eventually contacted Dave Aumen, a close friend, and the president of the local NDA.

“Untypical white-tailed deer are probably one of the most difficult [animals] score because you have to use judgment,” says Garrison. “So I reached out to Dave, and he came over to help me out so we could discuss some things, and I could get a second opinion.”

Garrison says even with two official scorers there, the hunter was still a little disappointed the buck didn’t receive a higher score. He explains that Lingle “didn’t understand that an atypical gets deductions the same way a typical does” — which he says is a common misunderstanding among hunters.

Lingle Buck Score Sheet
Doug Garrison and Dave Aumen scored the goal on February 2. Courtesy of Doug Garrison

And although the hunter declined to share the story of how he harvested the buck with OL, Garrison shared some key details he remembers from his conversation with Lingle. For starters, Lingle killed the male on Nov. 27, which was the opening day of the 2021 regular gun season in Pennsylvania. Garrison says Lingle had tracked the deer on a trail camera for at least four years, but only took a handful of photos of the male during the day.

Garrison says Lingle was blindsided with his daughter when the male briefly showed up and then left. He returned to the same spot on his own later that evening, and the huge stag stopped within 40 to 50 yards of the blind, giving Lingle the only opportunity he needed to lose the shot. one of the biggest dollars in the history of the state.

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Looking at the Pennsylvania Big Game Record System for atypical whitetail bucks caught with a gun, only 15 bucks were recorded that reached the 200 class. Three of these deer were killed before 1950, and only four were marked over the past decade. Lingle’s buck is currently tied for ninth alongside Virgil Kidd’s buck, which was harvested from Lehigh County in 2009.

Helen L. Cuellar