Floyd County's Shane Allen recently bagged the biggest buck he has ever taken in 24 years of deer hunting.
Allen shot the 16-point deer with a muzzle-loading rifle in Lawrence County, Ohio, on the opening day of that state's four-day deer muzzle-loader season last month, according to a news release from the U.S. Forest Service.
He bagged the buck in Ohio's Wayne National Forest.
Its "green score" was 1891/4 gross nontypical, Allen said. A green score is calculated immediately after a buck is killed, and antlers typically shrink somewhat over the next couple of months.
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Even so, "that's a nice, big deer," said Mark Marraccini, a spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. "If you saw it, you go, 'Wow.'"
Allen said he hopes it ultimately will rank in the top five for deer taken in Lawrence County, which is just across the Ohio River from Northeastern Kentucky.
Allen said he shot the deer from about 230 yards away, and he could see only its antlers and ears when he fired. He said he didn't realize how big the animal was until he walked over and examined it more closely.
He said he immediately called his father, who taught him to hunt, to help him recover the animal.
Allen said he hunts deer in Ohio every year.