Rack from Hall deer is one of the largest taken in New York state

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A panel of scoring/measuring judges determined Saturday, Jan. 18 that the antler rack of a whitetail buck taken last season by Chris Olsen of Penn Yan, is one of the largest taken in all of New York State ever.

Harvested near Hall in Ontario County last November, the rack was judged in the typical category to be the fourth largest in New York since official measuring began in the late 1800s.

The official measuring was done by Northeast Big Buck Club N.Y. Director Andy Hall, N.Y.S. Big Buck Club Official Measurer Rob Ayers, and Boone & Crockett Club Official Measurer Tim Spacek at the shop of Spacek’s late father, renowned local sportsman and outdoor sports writer, Charlie Spacek, here in Penn Yan.

“What makes this deer’s score so special is that it is not a ‘Non-Typical Deer’ (with an abnormally shaped rack),” says Tim Spacek, “it is a ‘Typical Deer’ (normally shaped rack) which makes it very hard to reach such high scoring numbers as it did.”

Spacek personally did a “green score” at the time of harvest, but the official score cannot be counted until 60 days after harvest. The green score grossed at 197 2/8 inches.

“I know that may be another language to many,” says Spacek, “but a typical racked deer nearing 200 inches is almost unheard of in New York.”

Spacek believes this may be the largest taken in all the state in 2019, and confirms it is the largest typical buck ever taken in Ontario County. “It goes to show that with our local whitetail genetics, good hunting ethics, and amazing nutrients in our soil, we can create a habitat that we have not seen in New York since the 1930s for whitetail deer. But that is up to all hunters and proper quality deer management.”

Boone & Crockett is the oldest wildlife conservation organization in North America, founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt and George Bird Grinnell. It was the initiator and champion of the first National Parks, including Yellowstone, Glacier, Denali, and Grand Canyon.

Boone & Crockett is the oldest wildlife conservation organization in North America, founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt and George Bird Grinnell. It was the initiator and champion of the first National Parks, including Yellowstone, Glacier, Denali, and Grand Canyon.

According to their website, www.boone-crockett.org ‚”One of these actions was the establishment of a big game scoring and records keeping program. This initiative had three purposes. First, when no such data existed, biological and location information was needed as a baseline if big game populations were to have a chance at recovery. Secondly, sportsmen of that era were needed to work with conservation efforts instead of against them. Through a trophy recognition system that encouraged the selective harvest of mature male specimens that had already genetically contributed to overall herd health, natural recruitment was given the chance. And lastly, Roosevelt and others knew that there needed to be order —a set of ethical guidelines for sportsmen to follow that would distance true sportsmen from the incorrect association of sport hunting with market hunting. The name given by the Club to such a code was, ‚”Fair Chase,” Trophies eligible for the records book must have been taken under the rules of fair chase as defined by the Club.”

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