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of a Lifetime
By Phil Burkhouse

F

red Manginell called from Emporium
soon after hunting hours closed on
the second day of the 2018 firearms deer
season.
"You've got to see the huge buck this
elderly gentleman shot today. It has at
least 18 points, a near 20-inch inside
spread and lots of mass."
That was a good enough pitch for me;
I was on my way to Fred's.
Fred and I headed to Camp 8-Point,
northwest of Emporium, in upper Rich
Valley, near the mouth of Elk Fork in
Cameron County.
And there we met the lucky hunter,
Ben Cypher, of Saxonburg, an 84-year-old
disabled veteran who served in Korea with
the 1st Marine Division in 1953 and 1954.
Ben's father purchased the land for the
camp in 1932, and the cabin was built in
1934, the year Ben was born.
"My family began hunting there in
1934 and have been shooting deer and
paying taxes in Cameron County ever
since," Ben said.
Ben began hunting at the camp in 1946,
but didn't get his first buck until 1957. In
all, he's harvested 16 bucks, including
his 2018 trophy, though he'd never killed
a buck bigger than a 5-point until 2018.
Fred and I examined the four bucks

hanging on the camp's meat pole. There
were several nice ones, but Ben's stood
out.
Ben introduced us to his crew: sons,
Don and Doug, grandson Jeremy and
great nephew, Dan, then began to tell us
the story of his buck.

Getting It Done

Ben broke both hips over the past two
years and although he must navigate with
a walker, he's been able to keep hunting
through a Game Commission-issued Disabled Person's Permit that allows him to
use his vehicle as a blind and permits other
licensed hunters to assist him.
But when the 2018 deer season opened
with heavy rain. Ben stayed in camp.
By the next morning, he was itching to
get out. His eldest son Don, who shot a
buck on opening day, accompanied him.
Father and son left camp around 9
o'clock Tuesday and drove to a clearcut
on ground leased by the Indian Elk Hunt
Club, of which both men are members.
They parked and turned the vehicle
off, then began watching the edge of the
clearcut. Around 2 o'clock, Ben spotted
a deer feeding on a steep hillside in thick
beech saplings, about 125 yards away.
Don glassed the deer and, while he

Cameron giant is disabled hunter's best in 72 years
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