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opener, Leonard was on the hill at sunrise,
hoping to encounter the buck. He hunted
hard the entire season, but never laid eyes
on it. Late on the last day of the season, he
shot a smaller buck. At least he and wife
Mildred would have venison that winter,
but he didn't forget about the big one.
And he never heard about anyone
taking a big buck, so he hoped to cross
paths with it the next year.
In 1947, on a blustery day when the sky
was spitting snow, Leonard finally got his
chance at the big buck. He spotted it in a
soggy thicket on the back side of his hill,
thrashing willows with its antlers.
Leonard was carrying a Remington
Model 25 pump rifle in .25-20 Winchester.
Developed in 1895, the old .25-20 cartridge was a pipsqueak of a deer round. It
pushed a little 86-grain bullet at slowpoke
velocity and delivered energy between that
of the .38 Special and the .357 Magnum.
But despite its apparent lack of merit for
deer hunting, it has accomplished more
than one impressive feat. Not only did
it kill Grandpa's buck, it had also been
responsible for Wisconsin's famed James
Jordan buck way back in 1914 - although
the hunting community didn't hear about
this world record until 1971.
When Leonard saw the deer, he leveled the iron sights of his .25-20 on the
buck's neck and touched off a shot. The
underpowered cartridge knocked the buck
down, and another shot finished it. The
fallen monarch was too big for Leonard
to move by himself.
By then Russell was in college, and
his younger brother Bob, 15 at the time,
helped Leonard recover the buck that
night after supper. When they got it to the
house, they tried to hang it on hooks where
Leonard skinned 250-pound hogs. It bent
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the hooks and they ended up skinning it
on the floor. Leonard recovered the bullet
he had fired into the buck's neck. It had
flattened against the neck bone but didn't
break it. No one knows the buck's age but
judging from the weight and the thickness
of the skull plate it was very mature -
likely 5½ years old and probably older.
I wasn't born when Grandpa killed
the buck, but as a little kid I remember
its antlers hanging in the entryway to
my grandparents' stone house. I couldn't
take my eyes off the rack whenever we
visited. It was the biggest I had ever seen.
Although it has a 6-by-5 frame, everyone
in the family generously counted the halfinch sticker off the right G1 and a small
burr below it. We told ourselves it was at
least a 13-point, and argued about whether
a ring would hang on a few more bumps.
Today, the rack and the rifle Grandpa
used to kill the buck are family heirlooms
in the hands of my cousin Bob, Uncle
Bob's son. I unofficially measured the
antlers to see if they would qualify for
Pennsylvania's record book. The inside
spread exceeds 19 inches, and the main
beams are 22 and 24 inches long. After
70 years of shrinkage, its gross score is
around 147 inches, with side-to-side differences reducing its net score to below
140 - not quite enough to make the
Pennsylvania record book for a typical
whitetail harvested with a firearm.
My hope was that, sooner or later,
someone in the family would harvest a
buck that surpasses Grandpa's buck, and
the 2017 season finally gave us a candidate for the records.
On opening day of firearms season,
cousin Bob saw the big buck he had been
hunting in archery season. As he sat in
his tree stand behind his house, about 2½
miles from where Grandpa shot his 1947
buck, two does moved by his stand and



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