For the first time this season there were no additions or subtractions to the leaders of the Tyler Morning Telegraph’s 33rd Big Buck Contest.
Tyler’s Earl Brady continues to lead the North Texas Division with a 9-point Throckmorton County buck scoring 158 7/8, while Tyler’s Jason Ruark is second with a 10-point Callahan County buck scoring 151 5/8.
Beverly Minson, Tyler, has the lead in the statewide Women’s Division with an 8-point Cherokee County buck scoring 127 6/8. Laci Laird, Tyler, is second with a 6-point Anderson County deer scoring 102.
Cooper Hill, 8, Tyler, leads the Youth division with a 9-point Anderson County buck scoring 156. Tyler’s Clayton Bochow, 15, is second with a DeWitt County 10-point buck scoring 145.
Cole Findley, 11, Flint, is third with an 11-point Concho County buck scoring 142 5/8.
There haven’t been any entries from South Texas, but that is expected to change soon with the rut coming on in that portion of the state.
Hunters must register at least 24 hours before taking their deer.
The contest has three adult divisions: North Texas, South Texas and Women’s. Winners in each division will receive a Remington .270-caliber rifle and a mount of their deer.
Second-place winners will receive gift certificates.
There are two youth divisions - North and South. The winners in each division will receive a mount of their buck. Second- and third-place winners receive gift certificates.
No deer taken within a high-fence property may be entered in the contest.
There are two rule changes this season.
Only bucks with hardened antlers may be entered in the contest.
This eliminates so-called velvet-horned deer from the competition. The change was made not because velvet-horned deer aren’t bucks, but because the velvet covering provides a scoring advantage.
Also beginning this season 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.