Trophy Buck Enters Records Book

Jeff_Lenzi_with_rackALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Game Commission yesterday took official measurements on an exceptionally large rack from a whitetail buck taken in Allegheny County two months ago, during the statewide archery season.

(Photo: Jeff Lenzi of Fayette County, holds the 10-point rack of the buck he harvested Oct. 11 in Allegheny County. The buck is the 13th-largest taken with archery equipment in Pennsylvania.)

Many believed the buck held the potential to be a new state record, but the final score fell short of the leaders.

The typical 10-point buck taken with a crossbow Oct. 10 by Fayette County hunter Jeff Lenzi netted a score of 166 inches, based on Boone & Crockett Club standards for scoring big-game animals.

The score places the buck at No. 13 in the typical archery category in the Pennsylvania Big Game Records book.

The top buck in that category, taken in Allegheny County in 2004 by Michael Nicola Sr., of Waterford, scores 178 2/8 inches. The largest typical buck on record in Pennsylvania, taken in Bradford County by Fritz Janowsky, of Wellsburg, N.Y, way back in 1943, scores 189 inches. That buck tops the typical firearms category.

Bob D’Angelo, an official Boone & Crockett Club scorer who heads Pennsylvania’s Big Game Records Program, measured the rack of Lenzi’s buck.

D’Angelo explained the scoring system rewards symmetrical racks and calls for deductions when a rack’s points are abnormal or points on one side of a rack that don’t exactly match the other side. Racks also will typically shrink over time.

A rack classified as typical cannot have many abnormal points. Lenzi’s buck had a gross score of 175 1/8 inches.

Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough congratulated Lenzi on his record-book buck, which is large enough to qualify for entry into the Boone & Crockett Club, as well as the state records program. While it doesn’t top the all-time list, the huge buck still is the trophy of a lifetime and a fine example of the caliber of deer Pennsylvania is capable of producing.

“Each year, we have hundreds of whitetail hunters enter the state record books, and many of the top bucks on record were taken in the last 10 years,” Hough said. “And any hunter is hard-pressed to match Jeff Lenzi’s feat.”

“Lenzi’s buck is an extraordinary animal, and I’d like to congratulate him on his living out every Pennsylvania deer hunter’s dream,” Hough said.

Big-game scoring session scheduled

Successful hunters who are looking to have their trophies officially scored can do so at a public, big-game scoring session to be held on Feb. 14, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s headquarters in Harrisburg.

Deer, bear and elk that have been harvested in Pennsylvania are eligible for entry into the Pennsylvania Big Game Records book.

Deer and elk racks cannot be measured until after a 60-day drying period from when the skull plate was removed from the animal. For bears, the 60-day drying period begins after the skull is thoroughly cleaned by boiling or from the use of beetles.

Deer racks to be scored should have at least eight measurable points, and hunters need to register by Feb. 9, 2015. To register, call Patty Monk at 717-787-4250, ext. 3312. For more information on the session, contact Bob D’Angelo at 717-787-4250, ext. 3311.

All are welcome to attend.

The Game Commission’s headquarters is located at 2001 Elmerton Ave. in Harrisburg, just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81.

Big Game Records Book

Each year, the Pennsylvania Big Game Records book grows by about 200 entries across all categories.

The book includes big-game records for typical and nontypical white-tailed deer, black bears and elk taken with either firearms or archery equipment.

All entries into the book must be scored by an official Boone & Crockett Club scorer. For information on having a trophy animal scored, call Pennsylvania Big Game Records Program coordinator Bob D’Angelo at 717-787-4250, ext. 3311.

The Pennsylvania Big Game Records book is published each year in September. The 2014 edition can be purchased at the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters, or online through The Outdoor Shop at the Game Commission’s website, Orders also can be placed to 1-888-888-3459.

The full-color 86-page book includes dozens of photos of new entries and sells for $6. Shipping and handling charges apply to online and telephone orders, and Pennsylvania residents must pay sales tax on purchases.

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