“Big Bucks of McKean County” Presentation at UP-B

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – October 23, 2016 – John Dzemyan, a hunter from McKean County and local historian, will present “Big Bucks Of McKean County” starting at 3:00 p.m. in the University Room of Pittsburgh-Bradford on Sunday, October 30.  John’s presentation is the third presentation on deer hunting that afternoon sponsored FREE for hunters by the Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative (KQDC) and UP-B.

McKean County continues to lead Pennsylvania in the number of large whitetail deer racks harvested with a minimum score of 170 points on the Boone and Crockett list for North American whitetails.  McKean County is home to four of the 30 bucks from Pennsylvania on that prestigious list.

Attend on Sunday, October 30, to see photos and a video of these huge bucks and hear the story behind each deer!

The rack of the Littlefield Buck, with a score of 170-4, still resides in McKean County in a family’s home in Cyclone, a small community between Bradford and Smethport.  The 11-point buck was harvested near Ormsby in 1933.

The Helander Buck, with a score of 170-4, was harvested in an oil and gas development where wood cutting had taken place, way back in the 1950’s.  Pictures still exist of the Helander Buck even though the actual rack now lives with an unknown owner in Florida.

The mammoth Dunn Buck was killed in 1930 and scored 172-4.  The 10-point rack was going to be thrown away, but was rescued from an old building by a Smethport man.  It has been donated to the Pennsylvania Game Commission and hangs on public display at the Harrisburg office.

The Arthur Young Buck was killed in 1830 and is the grand-daddy of the Pennsylvania Boone and Crockett bucks.  A 21-year old Arthur Young was hunting with a muzzleloader and powder horn!  The gun and powder horn still exist today. The family took care to preserve the rack and the Arthur Young rack now resides with an owner who wishes to remain anonymous.

Other hunting information available at the Deer Season Kick-Off:

  1. Recent graduates of the UP-B GIS program will have two displays available as to how these hunters used GIS to improve their hunting and trapping skills.
  2. Recent trail camera photos of deer on the KQDC in McKean County will be available for hunters to view.  In addition, the KQDC will be displaying photos of bucks brought to the official deer check stations and photos of the largest bucks ever killed in McKean County since the 1940s.  The KQDC will offer information on the deer check station for this upcoming season.
  3. Information booths will be staffed by agencies and organizations.  The KQDC will have maps of where recent wood harvests have occurred, deer densities over last winter, and how the roads are marked.  Pick up your info at this Deer Season Kick-Off so you can better hunt the KQDC.
  4. Collins Pine Company and the Allegheny National Forest will both have maps of hunting areas available free to hunters.  Maps will show open roads and projected deer densities.

The KQDC is almost 75,000 acres of public and private lands managed to improve deer populations and habitat.  The cooperators are Sand County Foundation, Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau, Allegheny National Forest, Bradford Water Authority, Forest Investment Associates, Collins Pine Co. (Kane Hardwood), and RAM Forest Products.  Additional information can be obtained at www.kqdc.com or www.Facebook.com/TheKQDC.