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Two black bears that once roamed the fields and mountains of Bradford County were recently accepted into Boone & Crockett's 28th Big Game Awards program. The largest of the two was taken in Ulster Township in 2011 by Jeff Fassett of Ulster. Jeff's bear scored 21-11/16 and its estimated live weight (ELW) was 638 lbs. making it the heaviest bear in our records. The previous record was a 617 lb. bruin taken by Kelly Devine in Orwell Township. Of the 763 entries in the 2013 PA Record Book, Jeff's bear ranked No. 60. by skull measurement.

The second B&C entry was taken in 2011 in Asylum Township by Matt Santiago of Towanda. That skull measured 21-1/16 and its ELW was 473 lbs. Matt's bear currently ranks 10th by skull measurement, and 21st by weight in our records, and No. 164 in the state records.

These bears are awesome trophies that exceeded the 21-0/16 minimum for acceptance into B&C's all-time Records of North American Big Game. 19-0/16 is the minimum for acceptance into our Club and the PA Record Book.

Our Big Game Awards will be held on September 16, 2023.

2018 Banquet

2021 Awards Banquet

Our 2021 Big Game Awards Banquet took place on September 25 at Alparon Park/Troy Fairgrounds in Troy, PA. Bradford County's biggest and most recently harvested whitetail deer and black bears, plus shed antlers were accepted into our Big Game Records.


Since 2019, 83 entries were added to our hunter-taken categories which came from 29 of our 37 townships. Archers tagged 72 and gun hunters took 11.


The top whitetail and black bear category entries were Emory Dobson Jr. of Pittsgrove, NJ for a YOUTH TYPICAL entry at 135-5 taken in Columbia township; Scott Norton of Troy for a TYPICAL DEER GUN entry at 174-4 taken in Burlington township; Paul Emerson of Barton, NY for a new No. 1 TYPICAL DEER ARCHERY entry at 164-5 taken in Athens township; Michael Cobb of Wyalusing for a NON-TYPICAL DEER ARCHERY entry at 146-2 taken in Wilmot township; Alvin Rosenberger of Athens for a BLACK BEAR GUN entry at 20-9 taken in Franklin township in 1979 weighing 535 pounds; Theron Binford III of Canton for a BLACK BEAR ARCHERY entry scoring 20-11 taken in Canton township weighing 422 pounds; and Brett Carman of Troy for a new No.1 FEMALE BLACK BEAR entry taken with a muzzleloader on October 20, 2020 that weighed 403 pounds.


* The Paul Emerson buck unseats the previous record set back in 2010 by 6-1/2 inches. The rack has 12 scoreable points, with a 176-2 gross. It now ranks No. 31 amongst 2036 entries in the state record book ARCHERY category.

Paul Emerson buck. 164-5

Paul Emerson buck. 164-5

Congratulations to all those hunters who were part of our 2021 Big Game Awards program, and a big thank you to our Sponsors and all those who attended this celebration of Bradford County’s big game hunting heritage.




* A special thank you to Laurel Hill Forestry for donating the 22 rifle for the Youth drawing.

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On November 30, 2019 Scott Norton of Troy shot this Burlington Twp. 17 pt. buck, scoring 174-4. It will become a New Bradford County No. 3 in the TYPICAL GUN category, and rank No. 15 in the PA Record Book amongst 1730 entries. This incredible whitetail also produced the current No. 1 entries in both the Shed Antler Single Beam and Shed Antlers Matching categories. Forensic aging confirmed the buck was 8-1/2 years old.


Scott Norton

Theron Binford III killed this 422 lb. black bear with a crossbow on October 29, 2019. At 20-11/16, it's a new No. 1 in the Archery category, and holds a No. 16 rank in the PA Record Book


Theron Binford III


Chris Radney

The Chris Radney, Franklin Township
buck taken in 2017, is the largest
archery non-typical in the county.
At 180-3, it ranks No. 27 in the
PA State Record Book
for that category.




Kyle Jackson's Springfield Twp.
buck scoring 173-0 is a new No. 2
for the Non-Typical Archery category
and ranks No 38
in the state Record Book.



Erin Wrisley

Erin Wrisley of Ulster shot this 17 point
non-typical with a 7mm-08. At 165-4,
it ranks No.8 in the NT category, and
holds a state Record Book rank of 142.




This Columbia Township buck
scoring 162-6 NT was taken by Jaydon Gardner
of Sayre. It ranks No. 2 in the Youth category,
and No. 162 in the state Record Book in
the Non-typical Firearms category.




This Troy Township Non-typical was taken
by David Aumick of Troy with a flintlock.
With 12 scoreable points, and an inside
spread of 20", it ranks No. 1 in the
Muzzleloader category at 155-2.



Jeff Wiseman

This impressive Windham Township buck
was taken by Jeff Wiseman in 2017.
It scores 164-2 and ranks No. 7 in the
Non-Typical Deer Gun category.




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