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By Matt Martin Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: December 15th, 2013

Dan Decker, 16, of Harborcreek Township, shot an 8-point in Erie County on the third day of the rifle season.

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His cousin, Tony DeDionisio, helped push the deer out to him.

Share your trophy photo in the NWPA Outdoors Hunting & Fishing gallery for your chance at being featured in Deer of the Day. And make sure to enter your buck in the NWPA Outdoors Deer of the Month and Year Contest if you meet the guidelines

Posted: December 14th, 2013

Jason Heslop, of Erie, got his big 8-point Dec. 2 at lunchtime.

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Heslop entered his deer photo in the NWPA Outdoors Deer of the Month and Year Contest – and you can too, if you meet the contest guidelines. Or you can share your trophy photo in the NWPA Outdoors Hunting & Fishing gallery for your chance at being featured in Deer of the Day.

Posted: December 13th, 2013

Mike Orlandi, of Erie, shot his 8-point Dec. 2 in Erie County.

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Orlandi entered his deer photo in the NWPA Outdoors Deer of the Month and Year Contest – and you can too, if you meet the contest guidelines. Or you can share your trophy photo in the NWPA Outdoors Hunting & Fishing gallery for your chance at being featured in Deer of the Day.

Posted: December 12th, 2013

D.J. Belmondo, of Cranesville, got his first archery-season buck this year.

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The 9-point scored 132 5/8 gross Pope & Young.

Belmondo entered his deer photo in the NWPA Outdoors Deer of the Month and Year Contest – and you can too, if you meet the contest guidelines. Or you can share your trophy photo in the NWPA Outdoors Hunting & Fishing gallery for your chance at being featured in Deer of the Day.

Posted: December 11th, 2013

Erica Taccone, of Erie, made her first buck a 9-point.

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Taccone’s deer deer photo is entered in the NWPA Outdoors Deer of the Month and Year Contest – and yours can be too, if you meet the contest guidelines. Or you can share your trophy photo in the NWPA Outdoors Hunting & Fishing gallery for your chance at being featured in Deer of the Day.

Posted: December 10th, 2013

Denny Long, of Waterford, shot his buck near Edinboro at 7:15 a.m. on the first day of the firearms season.

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The drop-tine 11-point had a 19-inch inside spread and 21 1/4-inch outside spread.

Long entered his deer photo in the NWPA Outdoors Deer of the Month and Year Contest – and you can too, if you meet the contest guidelines. Or you can share your trophy photo in the NWPA Outdoors Hunting & Fishing gallery for your chance at being featured in Deer of the Day.

Posted: December 9th, 2013

Join Presque Isle Audubon Society Dec. 14 for the 114th annual Christmas Bird Count at Presque Isle State Park.

Meet at the park ranger station between 7 and 7:30 a.m. It’s not necessary to preregister, just sign in on arrival.

Groups will fan out across the park, with each group covering an assigned area. Groups will return to the ranger station for a brown-bag lunch — please bring your own — and to compare notes. After lunch, groups will visit areas that were not counted in the morning.

Participants will meet at Hoss’s, 3302 W. 26th St., for the final tally.

If you are unable to make it to the park but still would like to participate in the count circle, notify PIAS president and circle count compiler Michele Rundquist-Franz with your final tallies. The region’s count circle stretches north to the waters off Gull Point, south to McKean and Waterford townships, east to Harborcreek township and west to Millcreek Township near Sterrettania Road.

Count circles also are in place in Venango County, at Pymatuning State Park and in Warren County and Jamestown, N.Y.

The Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running citizen-science survey in the world, and the data collected through the count allows researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America.

Posted: December 9th, 2013

Kandas Young, of North East, got her first career buck Dec. 2 — a 12-point she shot in Greenfield Township.

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Contributed photo

Young entered her deer photo in the NWPA Outdoors Deer of the Month and Year Contest – and you can too, if you meet the contest guidelines. Or you can share your trophy photo in the NWPA Outdoors Hunting & Fishing gallery for your chance at being featured in Deer of the Day.

Posted: December 8th, 2013

Scott Suprynowicz, of Waterford, shot his 10-point in Warren County on Dec. 2.

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The buck’s rack had a 21-inch spread.

Suprynowicz entered his deer photo in the NWPA Outdoors Deer of the Month and Year Contest – and you can too, if you meet the contest guidelines. Or you can share your trophy photo in the NWPA Outdoors Hunting & Fishing gallery for your chance at being featured in Deer of the Day.

Posted: December 7th, 2013

Howard Freeman, 88, of Erie, shot the biggest buck of his hunting career Dec. 2 while hunting with his sons and grandson in Cambridge Springs.


Biggest Buck in 88 years

Share your trophy photo in the NWPA Outdoors Hunting & Fishing gallery for your chance at being featured in Deer of the Day. And make sure to enter your buck in the NWPA Outdoors Deer of the Month and Year Contest if you meet the guidelines

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