The Oklahoma Wildlife Management Association is holding a statewide 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 nontypical 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 nonresidents. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or to OWMA Big Buck Contest, P.O. Box 299, Burneyville, OK 73430 by 5 p.m. Feb. 15.
Winners will be announced at the Backwoods Show in Oklahoma City next spring. For more information, visit www.okbigbuckcontest.com.
OKC GUN CLUB SCHEDULES SIGHT-IN DAYS
The Oklahoma City Gun Club will hold its annual sight-in days on Sept. 21-22.
The Benchrest range at the gun club will be open to the public Sept. 21-22 so hunters can sight-in their guns for the upcoming hunting seasons. The cost is $5 per gun.