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2015 Awards Banquet

Our 2015 Big Game Awards Banquet will be held at Alparon Park/Troy Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

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Two black bears that once roamed the fields and mountains of Bradford County were recently accepted into Boone & Crockett's 28th Big Game Awards program. The largest of the two was taken in Ulster Township in 2011 by Jeff Fassett of Ulster. Jeff's bear scored 21-11/16 and its estimated live weight (ELW) was 638 lbs. making it the heaviest bear in our records. The previous record was a 617 lb. bruin taken by Kelly Devine in Orwell Township. Of the 763 entries in the 2013 PA Record Book, Jeff's bear ranked No. 60. by skull measurement.

The second B&C entry was taken in 2011 in Asylum Township by Matt Santiago of Towanda. That skull measured 21-1/16 and its ELW was 473 lbs. Matt's bear currently ranks 10th by skull measurement, and 21st by weight in our records, and No. 164 in the state records.

These bears are awesome trophies that exceeded the 21-0/16 minimum for acceptance into B&C's all-time Records of North American Big Game. 19-0/16 is the minimum for acceptance into our Club and the PA Record Book.

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Were you one of those lucky hunters that bagged your first deer this past season? If so, congratulations! How much fun is that to sit in a treestand or take part in an organized drive with friends or family members during that most exciting time of year?

Bet you’ll never forget those heart-pounding moments leading up to tagging your first deer, right? Well guess what?

We’d sure like to hear about it, so please consider this invitation to tell us all about it.

We want to acknowledge those “first deer” hunters (buck or doe) during our Big Game Awards Program on September 26th. So if you or someone you know made 2014 the “first deer” year, call or text me (Roger) at 570-529-3685 to hang your memories between the inside spread of our deer pole!




March - The Shed Hunter's Month

Shed Antlers

The month of March is the best time to start looking for shed antlers. With a few exceptions, most antlers will be dropped by then. Start searching to early and you could push bucks off your property where they may shed the antlers that you want to collect. Also, you could push those deer out of critical winter cover. Finding an antler will reveal an obvious piece of information right off the bat--a buck stood in that precise spot when the antler hit the ground. Take note of such locations because that could mean you've discovered the home turf of that particular animal, and he could very well occupy that same general area when hunting season arrives.





Food Plot Management

A wide variety of seeds, plants and services are available to landowners interested in building up the habitat diversity on their properties. Food plots have especially gained acceptance, not only for their nutritional benefits, but for their hunting aspect as well.


Plots designed to be hunted over should consider stand placement as priority number one. Besides quick, quiet access to the stand, concealment and wind direction while the stand is occupied, are key components to it's effectiveness.


The photo at the right was taken from a ladder stand overlooking a secluded plot. The plot was sown to buckwheat on May 21st, but will be tilled under around August 1st and planted to turnips...just in time for hunting season.


The benefits of planting corn:

Food Plot Management - Corn

1)  High fat and carbohydrate food source when deer need it most.

2)  Shade and security during the summer from heat and pesky flies.

3)  Deer don't burn up calories digging in deep snow because grain stays well above ground.

4)  Food source for many species of wildlife.

5)  Grain is a prime food source during hunting seasons.




Food Plot Management - Soybeans

FORAGE SOYBEANS get 5 stars each for both nutrition and attraction.  These high protein plants are developed for tall, leafy growth in addition to a bonus crop of beans consumed by deer, turkeys and other wildlife.  Because of their high attraction, soybeans are vulnerable to overgrazing unless planted in large fields or by utilizing repellents.  Thanks to the enclosure that was erected, the picture on the left clearly illustrates the severe beating that the deer have dealt this soybean plot.


An excellent resource for food plot management is Quality Food Plots published by the Quality Deer Management Association. Contact them at 800-209-3337 or QDMA.com and ask about this outstanding guide.


Taken by a Cuddeback Capture

The 13th Edition of the Records of North American Big Game, is the latest volume in a series of records books begun by the Boone & Crockett Club in 1932. This volume includes nearly 6000 more trophy entries than the 12th edition, and features five new World's Records for grizzly bear, non-typical American elk, tule elk, mountain caribou, and musk ox (tie).


A five day statewide archery bear season, a four day gun season which included a Saturday opener, and an extended season in various WMU's during the first week of deer season has resulted in a final 2012 statewide harvest of 3632 bears which ranks 3rd overall.


Bears were taken in 56 of the state's 67 Counties with Lycoming and Clinton ranked 1st and 2nd followed by Tioga and Potter.


There were 86 bears harvested in Bradford County during the 2012 season which was 38 less than the previous season.  If you or someone you know has taken a bear in Bradford County that qualifies for our skull or weight categories, contact our Club for entry details.


Antler & Skull Scoring Contest Fun

Be sure to brush up on your Boone & Crockett scoring skills prior to our Awards Banquet. That way you can "take a shot" at guessing the B&C score of a deer rack and a bear skull that evening. We know what the official score is, but you have to guess by field judging only. Closest scores will harvest some neat prizes!


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Taken by Theodore Smith
in Wysox Township in 1950.
Score:  162-5

Over the years, there have been a number of trophy whitetails taken in Bradford County that are listed in the Pennsylvania Record Book.  As time passed, the whereabouts of these trophies have become a mystery.  Did the families that own the heads move out of the area and take the trophies with them?  Were they sold or given to another family?  Did the head end up in the landfill, or are these trophies still hanging in homes or lying in an attic right here in Bradford County? 


We recently found one such trophy that had been known as the Charles Smith buck.  We also discovered from family members that the hunter who killed this great buck in 1950 was actually Theodore Smith.  According to family, sometime prior to 1976, Theodore's brother Charles took the head to a measuring program in Dallas where his name voluntarily became associated with the trophy.  Our records will return the name to the rightful hunter.


Visit our TROPHY QUEST link for a complete list of mystery whitetails.



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