With hunting season still a few months away, get your deer fix starting this Friday by bringing your buck to the Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Even if your deer mount isn’t complete, you can make arrangements with your taxidermist to bring the antlers to the contest. Besides bragging rights, there are even more reasons to enter the contest —namely a smattering of incredible prizes.

The contest again will be hosted by the Quality Deer Management Association South Louisiana Branch. Deer may be dropped off beginning this Friday, July 20, but must be entered no later than 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. It’s free to enter — just bring your unscored deer from the 2016-17 or 2017-18 to the show.

Winners will be named in the following categories:

• Best Louisiana Gun

• Best Louisiana Bow

• Best Out-of-state Gun

• Best Out-of-state Bow

• Best Ladies

• Best Youth

• Best Muzzleloader/Crossbow

Remember, your trophy doesn’t have to be a state-record to win a prize, because everyone who enters the contest is eligible for the drawing;  so you could go home with a prize even if you enter a basket rack.

All deer will be scored by official Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young scorers. 

Bucks entered in any previous Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest are not eligible to win the contest but are eligible for prize drawings.

Bucks killed before the 2016-17 hunting season can be entered for scoring, but are not eligible for contest prizes. All entries will be displayed on the Big Buck Contest wall until the winners are announced Sunday, July 22. For complete Big Buck Contest rules, click here.

Show hours are 3 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 20, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 22. Tickets are $12 for adults 13 and up, and kids ages 6 to 12 are just $6. Children 5 years old and younger are free.

Please note that NFL-type security will be in place at the Dome for the show, so knives and guns are expressly prohibited. Also, the maximum vehicle height for the Superdome parking garage is 6 feet, 6 inches, so most jacked-up half-ton and three-quarter-ton trucks will not fit. There is a lot across Poydras Street for oversized vehicles.