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Big Buck Contest

by Ed Godfrey Published: August 29, 2013

The Oklahoma Wildlife Management Association is holding a Big Buck Contest during the upcoming deer hunting seasons.
To be eligible, the deer must be legally harvested in Oklahoma between Oct. 1 (the opening of archery season) and Jan. 15 (end of archery season).
Gross antler score will be used to determine the winners. For the contest, the gross score is defined as the net typical or net non-typical score plus deductions. In case of a tie, the net score will be used as the tie breaker.
The contest will have three categories: gun (rifle, pistol, muzzleloader) from a low-fenced or unfenced area; archery (recurve, longbow, compound, crossbow) from a low-fenced or unfenced area; and gun or archery from a high-fenced area (defined as a fence at least 7 feet high enclosing, or constructed with the intent to enclose, the area).
The winner of each category will receive a $500 cash prize and a free shoulder mount of the winning antlers. All contestants will be eligible for a prize drawing valued at $250.
Only white-tailed deer are eligible. The contest is open to all hunters in Oklahoma, both residents and non-residents. The entry fee is $25 and the deadline to enter is Sept. 30.
Each hunter is limited to two entries.
To enter antlers in the contest, the hunter must submit a complete and signed affidavit contest form, a copy or PDF of both sides of the complete antler score sheet that is signed by scorer, plus three photos depicting the following views of the deer and antlers: front view of head and antlers; side view of head and antlers; and back view of head and antlers. Only color digital or color print photos will be accepted.
To be eligible for the contest, the affidavit, antler score sheet and photos must be submitted to or to OWMA Big Buck Contest, PO Box 299, Burneyville, OK, 73430 by 5 p.m. on Feb. 15.
Winners will be announced at the Backwoods Show in Oklahoma City next spring. For more information, visit

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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