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By Mike Handley

Hanna HarrisSixteen-year-old Hanna Harris of Danville, Pa., would’ve been positively gleeful if she’d shot the 6-pointer that passed by her deer stand around 7:00 on the morning of Pennsylvania’s 2010 rifle opener.

The young buck was hers for the taking, too, but she watched it and a couple of other deer melt back into the trees without firing a shot. So wracked with buck fever, her jumpy synapses were arcing like downed power lines, and her trigger finger just didn’t get the juice.

That was Hanna’s first time to hunt unaccompanied. She was in her mother’s elevated stand on the family’s 280 acres, alone, though many other Harrises and some friends were loaded for deer elsewhere on the farm.

While trying to understand how or why she’d frozen, she saw more deer coming: two does and, farther out, a buck.

Determined not to make the same mistake twice, Hanna wasted no time in planting a knee against the stand’s rail so she would be steadier if she got a chance to shoot.

“When this buck stopped behind a double tree, I could see its rack on both sides of the trunks. I knew it was big,” she said.

When it stepped fully into view and stopped, she squeezed the trigger. Not long afterward, her father and brother arrived to track the deer, which took all of 10 minutes.

The Northumberland County 16-pointer is a mainframe 5x5 with three extras on each side. The impressive brow tines are the shortest points on the rack, the rest of the uprights ranging from 9 inches to more than a foot long. With the 20 7/8-inch inside spread included, its BTR composite score is 209 2/8.

Hanna’s will be the cover story (written by Ed Waite) for the November issue of Rack magazine.

Once upon a time, we considered ourselves lucky to be able to feature one female hunter among the 70 to 80 big buck articles we publish each year in Rack. Nowadays, I could fill an entire issue or two with women and girls. Hanna is the second to make the cover in 2011.

A Missouri 7-year-old, the spittin’ image of a young Drew Barrymore, will have that spot in October with an even bigger whitetail.

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jw werline
# jw werline
Monday, June 20, 2011 6:38 PM
deer of a life time!!nice job.i have a brother who lives in mount caramel . pa not to far from you good luck this year!JW
# Mark
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 10:35 AM
It is a beautifull buck from my home state... congrats
Russ Cuddeback
# Russ Cuddeback
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 10:44 AM
Just a huge mind blower of a buck. Patients does pay off. Good JOB!!!!!!!!!!
# steve
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 10:55 AM
Great deer good job see what can happen if you let small ones grow.congrats.good luck
Brian Bennett
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:07 AM
Great job getting the nerves under control! Continued success in the future!
Nice buck too!
ken valentine
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1:06 PM
Great job, Hanna. That's a granddaddy if I ever saw one.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 3:04 PM
Congratulations your prince has arrived in form of a monster buck, great job.
Sharon Henson
# Sharon Henson
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 5:10 PM
Really nice trophy buck, Hanna. Congratulations!
Dennis A. McDade
# Dennis A. McDade
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 6:44 PM
Awesome Buck young Lady,I have been huntin for 50 years and I aint never killed nothin like that.You will be hard pressed to top that. Congratulations.
William Weidler
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 6:47 PM
Congratulations! This is a buck of a lifetime! Glad to see girls my age out hunting, and a fellow Pennsylvanian shwack a monster trophy buck!
tom harris
# tom harris
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 7:06 AM
Good going Hanna. Pappy is proud of you as is the rest of the family!!
Dave Watson
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 7:25 AM
Beautiful young lady,hunts. but, does she cook?Tell dad to watch out for all the upcoming marriage proposals. just kidding. great buck. Hope you have that much luck this next season.
# Jerry
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 7:31 AM
Congrats on the monster, beautiful Pa. buck, but in all the other comments I did not see any about the beautiful young woman hunter in the picture. It is just great to see a lovely young lady hunter who still looks like a lady. God bless you in all of your life. Jerry
# Ted
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 9:32 AM
Watch out Dad, all the teenage hunters in town will be wanting to date your daughter.
r david bicket
# r david bicket
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 12:11 PM
WoW, good going girl,patience is worth the wait, that one will be hard to top, good luck trying,a great deer, god bless.........David
Eldon Christmann
# Eldon Christmann
Friday, June 24, 2011 10:18 PM
Great buck Hanna! Also read the story in the American Hunter Mag. Tell your mom and dad I said HI. They hunted with me in North Dakota.
Tina Scott Laster
# Tina Scott Laster
Friday, July 01, 2011 2:56 PM
I hope to kill a buck like yours one day...I have an acre of land to hunt on...I'm not giving up on my hope or faith...good things come to those who wait...and I have been congradulations on your buck...very proud for you!!!
# Jack
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 9:06 AM
Congratulations Hanna, that is a buck of a lifetime but be careful, all those two legged young bucks will be wanting you to take them hunting.

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