It was a quiet week before Christmas in the TylerPaper’s 34th annual Big Buck Contest.
For one of the few times this season there were no changes in any division in the contest, but with hunters headed out after Christmas and for New Year’s that could change in the coming days.
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.
Pam Lott, Tyler, leads the Women’s Division with a 10-point McCulloch County buck scoring 138 6/8. Susan Bergfeld, Tyler, is second in the Women’s Division with a 10-point San Saba County buck scoring 138 1/8.
Tim Parma, Tyler, leads the South Texas Division with a 10-point McMullen County buck scoring 148 6/8.
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 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.