Bill Wiltse, of Erie, shot a lifetime buck with his bow Nov. 5 in Crossingville, Crawford County. Wiltse’s non-typical 17-point had a 24.5-inch antler spread and weighed 172 pounds field dressed. Its left eye was light brown and its right eye dark brown. Wiltse said its preliminary score at Gander Mountain was 147.5.
Wiltse’s is among the trophies that could become the NWPA Outdoors 2012 Deer of the Year.
Enter your deer in the contest at goerie.com/deeroftheyear by Dec. 10 at 11:59 p.m. After a public voting period from Dec. 12-31, the Deer of the Year will be announced Jan. 6 in the Erie Times-News and on www.GoErie.com, along with an Editor’s Choice pick.
Deer legally harvested during any 2012-13 seasons are eligible. If you’ve already submitted a photo to the Times-News or to the GoErie Hunting and Fishing gallery, you’ll need to enter your photo again for contest purposes.
The contest is open only to individuals who are 18 years or older at time of entry. Entrants must have either harvested their deer in the Northwest Region or reside in the Northwest Region and have harvested their deer in Pennsylvania.