The Pennsylvania Game Commission is searching for a poacher who illegally shot a trophy buck with a small-caliber gun during archery season.
Wildlife conservation officer Brian Witherite tells the Daily American of Somerset (http://bit.ly/TVV7Dm ) that the 225-pound deer had a 10-point rack with a 21 1/2 inch spread.
The animal was shot in the neck Nov. 2 and its carcass left behind in Black Township, about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
Witherite says the deer's size and rack make it a trophy-class animal, meaning there are substantial penalties for those who are charged with killing it. Witherite hasn't specified the range of those penalties.
The game commission is also offering an unspecified monetary reward for information on the poaching.