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2008 Deer Classic Winners

The Deer Classic is an annual event showcasing hunter entries in New Jersey’s Outstanding White-tailed Deer Program, which was initiated by the Division of Fish and Wildlife in 1964.

On Sunday, January 13, 2008, a large crowd was on hand for the awards program held at the 19th Annual Garden State Deer Classic for the top three 2006-2007 entries in each category. The 2008 Deer Classic was sponsored by the Division of Fish and Wildlife, the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, United Bowhunters of New Jersey (UBNJ) and the Garden State Outdoor Sportsmen's Show.

Along with the winners present at the Classic, appearing in the photos on this page are, left to right (in most photos), Fish and Game Councilwoman Jeannette Vreeland representing the Federation, UBNJ President Joe Mills and DFW Assistant Director Larry Herrighty.

For the complete list and actual scores, see the list of winners below. Click on images to enlarge.

200 Pound Buck Club - Archery
200 lb. Club Winner - Bow
Scott Breen, 2nd Place
200 Pound Buck Club - Archery
200 lb. Club Winner - Bow
Kenneth Baker, 3rd Place
Typical Archery
Typical Bow Winners
Left to right: Joseph Leotta, 2nd Place
Steven Kotz, 1st Place
Larry Hunt, 3rd Place
Non-Typical Archery
Non-typical Bow Winners
Left to right: Michael Castro, 3rd Place (tied)
Humberto Herrera, 3rd Place (tied)
Dante Spina, Jr, 2nd Place.
Robert Staudt, Jr., 1st Place
Typical Muzzleloader
Typical Muzzleloader Winners
Left to right: J. Shaun Dalrymple, 2nd Place
Jeff Hagerty, 3rd Place
Typical Shotgun
Typical Shotgun Winners
Left to right: John Casciano, 3rd Place
Samantha Panko, 2nd Place
Paul E. Jones, 1st Place
Non-Typical Shotgun
Non-typical Shotgun Winners
Left to right: Jeff Mellilo, 3rd Place
Mark Spoto, 2nd Place
David Thomas, 1st Place
Physically Challenged - Typical Crossbow
Crossbow Winners
Joseph Gulli, 2nd Place
Walter Burbela, 1st Place

Category Place Name Score\
County Harvested DMZ Date Harvested
135 Pound Doe Club - Archery 1st Jery Yaros 141 lbs. Middlesex 14 10/12/06
200 Pound Buck Club - Archery 1st Dean Duca 220 lbs. Gloucester 35 10/12/06
2nd Scott Breen 210 lbs. Sussex 2 10/21/06
3rd Kenneth Baker 203 lbs. Morris 13 9/26/06
Typical Archery 1st Steven Kotz 161 3/8 Somerset 12 9/22/06
2nd Joseph Leotta 149 7/8 Gloucester 35 11/18/06
3rd Larry Hunt 144 4/8 Cumberland 28 9/27/06

Non-Typical Archery

1st Fobert Staudt, Jr. 178 7/8 Somerset 14 9/15/06
2nd Dante Spina, Jr. 178 6/8 Salem 27 10/24/06
3rd Michael Castro 172 1/8 Monmouth 50 11/11/06
3rd Humberto Herrera 172 1/8 Monmouth 16 11/3/06
Typical Shotgun 1st Paul E. Jones 167 7/8 Hunterdon 11 12/9/06
2nd Samantha Pankow 160 1/8 Hunterdon 10 11/18/06
3rd John Casciano 155 0/8 Gloucester 49 1/1/07
Non-Typical Shotgun 1st David A. Thomas 159 2/8 Middlesex 50 1/30/07
2nd Mark Spoto 155 7/8 Monmouth 51 1/20/07
3rd Jeff Mellilo 148 5/8 Monmouth 50 12/9/06
Typical Muzzleloader 1st John Wood 155 2/8 Hunterdon 12 1/1/07
2nd J. Shaun Dalrymple 147 6/8 Sussex 67 11/14/06
3rd Jeff Hagerty 143 7/8 Warren 7 12/4/06
Physically Challenged - Typical Crossbow 1st Walter Burbela 141 2/8 Mercer 12 10/16/06
2nd Joseph Gulli 138 0/8 Gloucester 49 11/17/06
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