First, for deer hunters. You get to bring your big bucks to the show once again and enter them in the Big Buck Contest. And, because of the delays caused by the pandemic, deer from several seasons can be entered.
Second, for everybody in attendance. You get to see some of the biggest deer taken up close and personal. It’s always a highlight of the show. The Big Buck Contest will once again be under the direction of former LDWF Deer Study Leader David Moreland.
Hunters can bring their trophies to the popular show and enter the contest. Bucks killed during the 2020/21 Deer Season, the 2021/22 Deer Season and the 2022/23 Deer Season can be entered in the contest. However, bucks that were entered in other buck contests around the state during these past seasons and were winners at these contests are not eligible to enter the contest.
Bucks will be officially scored based on the Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young scoring system.
The person with the highest scoring deer gets $1,000, while first place for each category will net $300, second place for each category gets $200, and third place will receive $100.
Winners will be named in the following categories:
- Best Louisiana Gun
- Best Louisiana Bow
- Best Mississippi Gun
- Best Mississippi Bow
- Best Out-of-State Gun
- Best Out-of-State Bow
- Best Youth (age 15 or younger, any weapon)
- Best Muzzleloader/Crossbow
It is important to note that the deadline to enter the contest is 3 p.m., Saturday, March 18. No exceptions will be made.
This should allow time for all the bucks that have been entered to be officially scored. I would suggest you take the time to rough score your buck. Typically at any buck contest about 30 percent of the bucks entered will score above 140 typical and probably only about 15 percent of the non-typical bucks entered will score above 180. The vast majority of bucks entered score around 100 to 130 typical; those are good quality bucks that many hunters would mount.
We will have more information about the contest and prizes closer to the show itself. Remember, a big buck contest is really not about hunters winning prizes. The contest is about showing the hunting community that quality and even trophy class bucks can be produced in Louisiana and surrounding states with sound deer management practices, good hunting strategies and of course a little luck!
We hope to see you — and your big deer — there in March!
Big Buck Contest rules
If your buck has already been officially scored and did not win any previous contests, it can be entered. Be sure to bring a copy of the scoresheet when you register your buck. Bucks that have been officially scored will not be scored again because this is against the rules for these two national programs.
If your buck was scored based on another scoring system, then it will be measured since the score is not official. Official measurers of these two programs will do the scoring and if your buck qualifies for national recognition, you will be given the paperwork necessary to enter it into their record books.
Bucks will be scored either typical or non-typical with the winner being selected based on the score closest to the minimum score for each category or the score that exceeds the minimum score by the greatest amount. There are not separate divisions for typical or non-typical. A gun-killed buck that measured 165 exceeds the minimum score of 160 by five points and would beat a non-typical buck that scored 186 because 185 is the minimum score for a non-typical buck.
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