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The rack remains a testament to what
the forests could produce back then.
He must have known he had a rare
trophy. He and his descendants took a lot
of care to preserve the rack through the
generations.

Repeat Performance?
Could deer such as these four historic
bucks come out of McKean County now?
McKean County is well known for
being one of the coldest, snowiest and
most northern-like of Pennsylvania's
counties.
The farther north one goes, the bigger
the white-tailed deer tend to be. This is
how they survive the winters.

Those four Boone & Crockett Club
bucks were products of a forest that produced the necessary food for large healthy
deer and the necessary cover for them to
survive to a mature age.
Now, many years later, forests in
McKean and surrounding counties are
starting to recover from the over-browsing
of the past.
The natural plants for food and cover
are slowly returning.
With that, and all the logging going
on, some lucky hunter certainly has the
chance to put another McKean County
buck on the first page of the Pennsylvania
Big Game Records book.
Time will tell.

THE LAWRENCE "PETE" SHELLEY BUCK
T

HIRTY-FIVE typical and two nontypical bucks taken in McKean County are
included in the 2015 edition of the Pennsylvania
Big Game Records book.
One entry, added to the book this year, was
taken in 1932, and measured officially for
the first time at the big-game scoring session
held at the Game Commission headquarters
in February.
The 14-point nontypical buck was taken in
Norwich Township, McKean County by Lawrence "Pete" Shelley.
The Shelley buck scores a net 181-5/8 Boone
& Crockett Club points, placing it 45th in the
nontypical firearms category.
The rack has 27-inch main beams, a 22½inch inside spread and nearly 17 inches of
abnormal points, including a 7-inch drop tine
on the left main beam.
Richard Wennerstrom, of Port Allegany,
brought the mount to the scoring session. He
said he worked with Pete Shelley's son, Larry
who inherited the original mount, which was

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done by a taxidermist in Clearfield County.
Shelley won a contest for having the biggest
buck and got the mount for free, he said.
Wennerstrom then had the mount redone, in
the same pose as the original, with a replacement
cape, and Larry has told him the mount is "on
permanent loan" to Wennerstrom.
Shelley killed the buck near the small village
of Gardeau, very near the Cameron County line,
and the deer became locally known as "Old
Goldy of Gardeau."
Wennerstrom said he knew Pete Shelley
in the 1950s, and that Shelley was known as a
"good old woodsman."
Details of the 1930 hunt are sketchy, but the
story goes that, near dusk on the day of the hunt,
Shelley was looking over a hill and spotted a
set of antlers above some thick cover, moving
toward him.
He couldn't see the deer until it reached a
small opening, where he shot it with a slug from
his .30-30 lever-action.

- Bob D'Angelo



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