Deer of the Day: Cody Mullins' 166-Inch Pennsylvania Buck

dod_cody_mullins_fHunter: Cody Mullins

Location: Allegheny County, Penn.

Gear: Remington 870

Score: 166 4/8 green

It's not always about the rack at the end of the hunt but sometimes it's the journey. Adding a buck of a lifetime at the end of a good story never hurts, though.

Hunting on his family's 1,300 acre farm out of the same spot first shown to him by his late uncle, Cody Mullins took an impressive 166 4/8-inch buck in Allegheny County, Penn., last November. Trail camera video recorded in mid-October showed a big mainframe 18-pointer, which Mullins nicknamed Sticker, moving by one of his stands. Mullins' brother-in-law had a run-in with the buck shortly after but was unsuccessful in tagging it.

Hunting through archery season, Mullins had yet to see the giant. But that changed during the firearm season when the pressure on neighboring properties pushed the buck into Mullins' neck of the woods. Mullins' father was hunting a stand 100 yards from him when the buck appeared, moving towards his father. However, the buck reversed course and headed straight toward Mullins.

Stopping at 70 yards, the buck turned broadside, giving Mullins the opportunity he needed, and his Remington 870 was right on the mark. Mullins picked up the trail after an hour. It was only when he came upon the buck that he realized that he had just taken down Sticker and bagged the buck of a lifetime.

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