Logan Tracy's asymestrical buck mount won the first Seneca County Fair taxidermy contest Wednesday.
Tracy, son of Ryan and Lisa Tracy of Tiffin, will be a senior at Columbian this fall. He took down the buck last fall at age 16 during gun season.
He was hunting with his father when the buck walked into view. It was his fourth deer since he started hunting at age 10. The same mount also won second place in the asymetrical division at the Deer and Turkey Expo in Columbus last winter.
PHOTO BY VICKI JOHNSON
Logan Tracy poses with his prize-winning buck mount.
Tracy won hunting supplies donated by Mountain Man Tradin Post, Tiffin, and Weasner Archery, Bloomville.
Tracy's mount was one of 21 entered during the first year of a new conservation section in the Merchant Building.
Seneca County Wildlife Officer Matt Leibengood was pleased with the turnout.
"The two biggest are (deer) from kids who shot them during gun season," Leibengood said.
Other entries included eight deer, two coyotes, a gray fox, a turkey, two albino raccoons, a cinnamon raccoon, a snapping turtle, a skunk, a wood duck, two minks, a rabbit, a pheasant, a fox squirrel and a gray squirrel.
A steady stream of people walked by looking at the display of wildlife mounts, and 242 votes were cast in the people's choice contest.
The conservation area also was designed as a showcase for nature-related organizations and agencies, where people can get information on wildlife, conservation, hunting, shooting, archery and other outdoor pursuits.
Among the groups represented are the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, Tiffin-Seneca chapter of the Izaak Walton League, Seneca Soil and Water Conservation District, Seneca County Pheasants Forever and Seneca County Park District.
Pheasants Forever has its Laser Shot available for people who would like to try their hand at shooting, and ODNR has its archery trailer set up where people can safely shoot arrows from a bow.