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Oklahoma Big Buck Contest offers cash, taxidermy awards

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

ARDMORE —The Oklahoma Wildlife Management Association will host their second annual Big Buck Contest to begin today, Oct. 1.

To be eligible, white-tailed deer must be legally harvested in Oklahoma with a gun (e.g., rifle, pistol, muzzleloader, etc.) or archery (e.g., recurve, long, compound, crossbow, etc.) from a low-fenced or unfenced area by a hunter registered in the Oklahoma Big Buck Contest.

The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and a free shoulder mount of the winning antlers offered by the contest taxidermists, Terry’s Taxidermy in Oklahoma City or Danny Keener Taxidermy in Choctaw.

“The Big Buck Contest gives participants a chance to win great prizes for harvesting a nice buck this season,” said Allen Bynum, OWMA president. “OWMA supports of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s, Oklahoma hunters’, and Oklahoma landowners’ successful deer management efforts. Their work resulted in healthier deer herds, better adult sex ratios, improved buck age structures, and increased awareness of deer habitat and population management.”

Participation is open to residents and nonresidents who hunt in Oklahoma. The entry fee is $25 and the deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m., Oct. 24, 2014. A deer and its antlers entered in the contest must be legally harvested in Oklahoma between Oct. 1, 2014, and Jan. 15, 2015. Only antlered white-tailed deer are eligible for the Oklahoma Big Buck Contest.

Gross antler score will be used to determine the winners. For the purpose of this contest, gross score is defined as the net typical score plus the sum of non-typical point lengths and deductions (sum of column 3 on Boone and Crockett score sheet) or net non-typical score plus deductions. In case of a gross antler score tie, net score will be used as a tie breaker. Net score is the Boone and Crockett net typical or net non-typical score as measured by an official Boone and Crockett, Cy Curtis, or Pope and Young scorer.

A participating hunter who wants to enter a deer in the contest must submit a completed contest affidavit, copy of official signed score sheet and three photos (front, side and back views) by March 15, 2015.

Winners will be announced after April 15, 2015.

For entry forms and more information about the contest, please visit www.okbigbuckcontest.com.