Frigid weather last weekend must have kept most hunters close to the fire because there weren’t any changes in the standings of the TylerPaper’s 34th annual Big Buck Contest.
That shouldn’t last long with the rut starting to kick in in South Texas. As the contest stands there is only a single entry from the Brush Country. Tim Parma, Tyler, leads the South Texas Division with a 10-point McMullen County buck scoring 148 6/8.
In the other divisions, Nolan Scruggs, Jacksonville, leads the North Texas Division with a 12-point Cherokee County buck scoring 161. Tyler’s Ron Lott is second with a McCulloch 14-point buck scoring 160 3/8.
Susan Bergfeld, Tyler, leads the Women’s Division with a 10-point San Saba County buck scoring 138 1/8. Laci Laird, Tyler, is second with a 10-point Anderson County buck scoring 126 5/8.
Hunter Low, 12, Flint, remains first in the Boys’ Division with a 14-point Dimmit County buck scoring 160 1/8. George Bergfeld, 10, Tyler, is second with an 11-point San Saba County buck scoring 142 1/8. Will Martin, 7, Tyler, is third with an 11-point McCulloch County buck scoring 138 4/8.
Samantha Merrifield, 15, Hewitt, leads the Girls’ Division by a half inch with a 10-point Anderson County buck that scored 143 3/8. Flint’s Sydney Morris is second with a Dimmit County 9-pointer scoring 142 7/8, and Millie Martin, 10, Tyler, is third with a 10-point McCulloch County buck scoring 137 6/8.
Registration continues for the Big Buck Contest and is free at any of the contest sponsors including: The Tire Barn, 13687 FM 206 at Spur 364; Army/Navy Store of Tyler, 1201 E.SE. Loop 323; East Texas Seed, Cotton Belt Rail Yard; Lynch’s Food Store, 3400 E. Fifth; Mac’s Gun Shop, 213 E. Elm; Noonday Gun Trader, 14674 Texas 155 South; and Still Life Taxidermy, 1415 E. Tyler St., Athens. Participating hunters must register at least 24 hours before taking their deer.
Winners in each adult division will receive a Remington .270-caliber rifle and a mount of their deer. Second-place winners will receive gift certificates.
Winners in the two youth divisions, open to hunters 16 and under, will receive a mount of their buck. Second and third place winners will receive a gift certificate.
No deer taken within a high-fence property may be entered in the contest and only bucks with hardened antlers may be entered in the contest. All deer must be taken to either Still Life Taxidermy or Lynch’s Food Store within 10 days of being harvested to be entered in the contest.
The contest runs through Jan. 26, one week after the regular season closes in South Texas.