If you're a deer hunter, odds are you'll be targeting a buck most of the times you step into the woods this fall and winter.

If you're a good hunter, you may cross paths with that buck.

If you're both lucky and good, that buck will be big enough to mount and preserve for posterity.

That being the case, you'll definitely want to enter the rack in the 2012 Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest, to be held at the Louisiana Sportsmen's Show in March.

This year's contest will feature seven categories:

• Best Louisiana Gun
• Best Louisiana Bow
• Best Out-of-State Gun
• Best Out-of-State Bow
• Ladies
• Youth
• Muzzleloader/Crossbow

In addition, all deer entered in the contest will be included in a random drawing.

Since the contest occurs so soon after the deer season, many hunters will have to retrieve the horns from their taxidermist before the event.

Taxidermists don't typically install the antlers until very late in the mounting process.

All deer will receive official Boone & Crockett scores.

Bucks killed during the 2011-12 season are eligible for entry. Additionally, bucks killed during the 2010-11 season that have not been officially scored are also eligible.

Bucks killed during prior seasons may be brought in for scoring and display, but they are not eligible for contest prizes.

More details will follow in future issues of Louisiana Sportsman.

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