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Dakota Smith with his first buck, an
8-point he harvested at age 10.

unfolded so fast. It was 4:20 p.m. He had
been in his stand a mere five minutes.

VII

Dakota called his dad to tell him he had
just shot a huge buck.
"Dad has helped me track all of my
deer, from my first one when he was sitting by my side on a mentored youth hunt,
so I knew he'd want to be there for this
one," Dakota said.
Dakota said waiting for his dad was the
longest 20 minutes he's ever experienced.
As his dad had taught him, Dakota
began replaying the event in his mind.
He started second-guessing his shot
placement.
"I wondered if I had hit him too far
forward," he recalled.
When Dakota's dad arrived, they went
to the spot where the big buck had been
standing. They found blood immediately,
and after a few feet found the arrow. The
broadhead had broken off, but it otherwise
was intact.
They decided to follow the blood trail
to the spot Dakota had last seen the buck,
then decide whether to continue on the
trail or back out until morning.
The blood trail became sparse, but
when they reached the rise where the buck
had stood before disappearing, there was
a puddle of blood.
Soon it became evident the deer was
losing a lot of blood, but at the same
time, they'd already gone about 150 yards
without finding it.
Continuing on the trail, Dakota spotted
a dark form. It was his buck!
"Both of my arms went up in the air
in the excitement of just harvesting my
biggest buck ever," Dakota said. "Having
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my dad there made it all the more special."
While massive, to his surprise , it had
only seven points.
When Dakota posted photos of his
buck on social media, he'd hear from a
hunter who had trail camera photos of
the buck, and even its shed antlers from
the year before.
The buck's rack had seven points in
2014 as well, but in 2015, as expected, it
got noticeably larger in all dimensions -
particularly the mass.
Dakota said that harvesting the trophy
7-point capped a season that was every bit
the emotional roller-coaster the Nov. 12
hunt was. He'll never forget it.
"It made me realize the hunt is about
the journey not the outcome," he said.

ONE SPECIAL SEVEN
There is one 6-point listed in the
Pennsylvania Big Game Records book - a
buck taken in Berks County in 2008 that
scored 131-3/8 Boone & Crockett Club
points. Dakota Smith's 2015 buck, which
scored 132-6/8, might be the only 7-point
in the book.
Although the records book does not
reference entries by the number of points
on a rack, every score sheet is reviewed
before it's recorded.
Since 2008, when the new, annual
record book first was published, all bucks
that have entered the records book have
had at least eight points. Additionally,
none of the hundreds of score sheets
from older entries that I have reviewed
revealed a buck with fewer than eight
points.
It takes a lot of antler in other measurements to make up for the lack of antler points typically required to make the
book's minimum 115 archery net score.
Dakota Smith's buck had more than 25inch main beams and G-2s of 11½; and
12½ inches; and a 20½-inch inside spread.

- Bob D'Angelo
Pennsylvania Big Game
Scoring Program Coordinator

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