2017-11-25 / Front Page

Buck of a lifetime for local hunter


A number of newspapers, magazines and online hunting sites have contacted Allie Kelsey Sinnamond, seeking permission to use her pictures and share her story. She plans to have her trophy buck mounted to join an eight-pointer her husband Chip took in a previous season. She is pictured here with her father, Gary Kelsey, with whom she has been hunting since she was a little girl. A number of newspapers, magazines and online hunting sites have contacted Allie Kelsey Sinnamond, seeking permission to use her pictures and share her story. She plans to have her trophy buck mounted to join an eight-pointer her husband Chip took in a previous season. She is pictured here with her father, Gary Kelsey, with whom she has been hunting since she was a little girl. When Allie Kelsey Sinnamond awoke early on Veterans Day to prepare for a much-anticipated day of hunting with her husband Chip, she had no idea what was in store.

She enjoyed archery season, but had always come home empty-handed. A large buck with a thick, 14-point rack changed all that.

“I was sitting on the ground under an apple tree just before 9 o’clock when the buck walked into the field I had been watching,” she recalled. “I remember Chip whispering, ‘There’s a giant coming,’ but I couldn’t see him because I didn’t dare to move so I could look.”

Oblivious to the humans’ presence, the buck made its way across the field and into shooting range.

“I remember whispering, ‘Oh my God,’ before my husband told me to be quiet,” she said. Regaining her composure, she swiftly landed a double-lung shot from her crossbow at a distance of about 30 yards.

“He was definitely a beautiful and amazing surprise for me. I am so blessed I got to share it with the two most important men in my life -- my dad and my husband.”

Her father, Gary Kelsey, had allowed Allie to tag along on hunting outings ever since she was four, and she obtained her own license when she turned 12.

The trophy buck had near-celebrity status in the Baker Creek Road area, north of Coudersport. It had appeared on multiple trail cams and was highly coveted, but also elusive.

Sinnamond wasn’t aware of the deer’s notoriety before he came into her field of vision. “Afterwards, people got in touch with me and some even sent me photos they had of him, including one man who had been hunting him for three years.”

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