Birthday buck a monster for 12-year-old

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By Mike Moore Editor
Posted on November 23, 2012
Dylan Smith, of New Riegel in Seneca County, shot this 22-point buck with a crossbow a day before his birthday. The buck is expected to score in the 160-170 range.

Dylan Smith, of New Riegel in Seneca County, shot this 22-point buck with a crossbow a day before his birthday. The buck is expected to score in the 160-170 range.

New Riegel, Ohio — Happy birthday to you, Dylan Smith.

The precocious 12-year-old received an early birthday gift when he shot a 22-point buck on Nov. 4, a day before his birthday.

The nontypical buck is expected to green score in the 160-170 range, said Dylan’s dad, Gerald, a farmer from Seneca County.

The kill has created quite a stir in the small Seneca County village of New Riegel.

“He has just been happier than heck,” said Dylan’s mom, Dottie. “We’ve had people coming in and out of here like crazy” to look at the deer.

The day started just like any other for Dylan, who hunts quite a bit with his father. Just a week earlier, he had killed a doe.

Dylan and his dad was at their makeshift blind behind four straw bales when the sun came up Sunday morning, Nov. 4.

“I was thinking that it’s about time for deer to start moving around,” Dylan said. “I knew that they usually come up from the creek so I was looking around there.”

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