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- Published on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 14:38
Daily Elk Citian
How big an ol’ buck are you?
Well, that’s what 4B Archery Outfitters of Elk City wants to know.
The business is currently accepting entry forms for its inaugural Archery Big Buck Contest this fall/winter during bow season (October 1 - January 15). Entries will be accepted January 16, if a buck is taken on the final night of bow season.
Owner of 4B Archery Outfitters, Jason Buckley, said the contest seemed like a good way to strengthen Western Oklahoma bow hunters’ sense of community.
“We don’t know of any contests that are strictly for archery equipment,” Buckley said. “We thought this might bring some more archery hunters together.”
The all-ages contest will only include Whitetail buck deer that have been taken in Western Oklahoma (west of Interstate 35), the Texas Panhandle (east and northeast of Highway 287, from the Oklahoma Panhandle to Vernon), and west of Highway 6 (north of Vernon to the Oklahoma state line.)
Entries must be taken by legal archery means, in accordance with applicable Federal and State hunting regulations. Any animal taken in an illegal manner is automatically disqualified. Entries must be taken by fair chase and will not be accepted if taken within or upon high-fenced property.
The entire carcass must be brought to 4B Archery Outfitters or at Andy’s Taxidermy within 24 hours of harvest, so a clear entry and exit wound can be identified. Each entry is scored on a Boone and Crocket system, by a gross score.
At the end of the contest, the top 10 to 15 bucks will be brought in to be re-scored by a professional Boone and Crockett panel.
Buckley said he started 4B Archery because finding quality equipment always meant a long drive to Bass Pro Shop in Oklahoma City.
“Cheyenne and Lawton both have strictly archery stores — that’s what we wanted to do. We got tired of driving to the city to buy quality [archery] accessories.”
Besides the thrill or hunting game from 20 yards away and the challenge of using a bow, Buckley said the amount of wildlife that can be viewed during a bow hunt is immense.
“Using a rifle, you might sit and watch a canyon for a while. With a bow, you’ll sit in the woods and see squirrels, rabbit, turkeys… you’ll see a lot of wildlife.”
What's at stake?
1st place — Hoyt Vector 32 and a Shoulder mount of winning buck, valued at $1,399
2ND PLACE — Gift certificate for $200 and a European Skull Mount of winning buck, valued at $350
3RD PLACE — Gift certificate for $100
4TH AND 5TH PLACES — Gift certificats for $25
BONUS — Widest Inside Spread Buck wins $25 of Primos Products
*All entries are subject to a polygraph test
Additional contest rules
• Hunters will be allowed to enter a deer, then purchase an additional entry and enter a new deer.
• Hunters are required to wait a 24 hour period after paying entry fee, before being able to enter a deer into the contest.
• In case of a tie, the earliest registration wins.
• Entries must have been taken during the 2012-2013 Oklahoma or Texas whitetail deer archery season.
• The name of the individual registering the entry must be the same as the name appearing on the tag affixed to the entry.
• Hunters 17 years old and younger must provide parent or guardian's name, address, and phone number.
• A guardian for each minor entering the contest must be present during registration and entry of deer.
• Ten or more of the highest scoring entries will be notified of the date and time to have entry scored by the Boone and Crockett panel.
• Failure to appear at the designated time and place of scoring may result in forfeiture of the entry.
• Cost for each entry: $25
Where to take entries or obtain registration forms
4B Archery Outfitters
304 N. Vanburen
Elk City, OK 73644