Wrangell Hunter takes first place in national contest with 45 year-old antlers

 

Rachel Coblentz / Petersburg Pilot

Felix Villarma won the first place certificate this year from the Boone and Crockett 28th North American Big Game Awards Program for the Sitka Black-tailed antlers from the buck he shot in 1968.

It was during a typical cold Southeast Alaskan November day in 1968 when Felix Villarma tied his 20-foot wooden scow onto a Kadin Island beach. He was in a draw and nearing the top of a mountain, sneaking through the foliage and the rain, when he saw a doe about 100 yards away.

“I watched her watch me, then all of the sudden this big buck walked right next to her and looked down the mountain at me,” Villarma said. “I put my 270 to my shoulder and had it in my crosshairs, aimed for the neck and pulled the trigger.”

Villarma said the Sitka Black-tailed deer was bigger than he even ima...



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