With just a week ago before all entries must be in, there is another leader change in the Tyler Morning Telegraph’s 33rd Big Buck Contest. And not surprising, it comes from South Texas where typically the real hunting doesn’t get under way until Christmas.
The hunter knew exactly it was the same deer. He just needed the shot.
“When I first saw him I told myself I was going to shoot. After about 15 minutes he came out about 150 yards away and I got my shot.”
The buck had an inside spread of 18 2/8 inches and a longest main beam of 23 2/8 inches. The longest tine measured 10 inches and the largest base circumference was 5 inches.
With Morris’ entry, Dalton Spivey of Katy drops to second in the division with a 9-point McMullen County buck scoring 136 1/8.
Howard Britain continues to lead the North Texas Division with the biggest entry of the year, a 10-point Motley County buck scoring 170 4/8. Earl Brady is second with a 9-point Throckmorton County buck that scored 158 7/8.
Tyler’s Pam Lott leads the statewide Women’s Division with a 14-point McCulloch County buck that scored 149 1/8. Amanda Blomdahl of Tyler is second with a 10-pointer scoring 142 6/8.
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.
Although the South Texas season ends today, hunters have until Jan. 27 to enter a deer. Bucks can still be taken using Managed Lands Deer permits.
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.
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.
All entries must be taken to either Still Life Taxidermy or Lynch’s Food Store.