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Watertown man hunts possible record buck in Rutland Center

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A city resident may have had the best possible start to the new bow-hunting season, bringing down a potential state record white-tailed deer Thursday morning.

Wayne Long, 39, bagged the approximately 22-point, non-typical deer with an unofficial score of about 220.

An online record book, www.nyantler-outdoors.com, lists the state record score in the category at 210 and 4/8, on a 23-point deer hunted in 2011. Long’s record-breaking score will not be confirmed until Nov. 27, following the end of a required 60-day drying period. Non-typical deer is a scoring classification that accounts for unsymmetrical antlers and nontraditional antler growth.

Long found the deer while hunting alone about 7:30 to 8 a.m. Thursday on the property of a family friend in Rutland Center, off Jacobs Road. He said he had hunted on the property for much of his life.

Long said he first heard rustling and saw a doe pass as he crossed from a field into a wooded area.

Expecting a second doe to follow, he stopped and drew back his Mathews switchback bow.

“I pulled the bow back and out walked this thing,” Long said. He estimated the deer was about 175 pounds.

Long said he struck the deer just behind its front legs and it traveled about 15 feet before falling over.

“When I went over, that’s when I saw how big it was,” he said.

Taking the deer to a taxidermist, Long said, he hadn’t considered the record books until he spoke with his brother, Michael, who called the deer in to the Boone and Crockett Club. The measurements indicated the record may have been broken.

Long, who owns Long’s Construction, Watertown, said he’s trying not to get too excited until the mark is official.

“I’ll wait till that happens,” he said.

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