Denham Springs man scores Yamaha ATV in Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest
Category titles also named during Louisiana Sportsmen's Show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.
Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest winners were (back, left to right) Ron Holden, Donald Waddell, Mark Caruso, Logan Sewell and Elizabeth Halpin Smith; (front, right to left) Alton "Tadpole" McLeod and Josh Alford.
A decade ago, the Denham Springs resident won $10,000 in a church raffle, but that was nothing compared to what Holden hauled away from the 2012 Louisiana Sportsmen’s Show – a brand-new Yamaha 350 Grizzly.
Holden entered a lopsided rack with four points on one side and a single spike on the other into the annual Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest, but the quality of the rack didn’t matter in the general drawing for the ATV.
“I almost didn’t bring my rack in,” he said. “I was kind of embarrassed.”
That embarrassment faded when Holden heard his name called from the stage as the winner of the Grizzly.
“He looked like a kid at Christmas,” said Holden’s son Britton.
The contest drew 102 entries, easily eclipsing last year’s total of 18. Quality of the racks was remarkable, with many of the entries qualifying for Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young recognition.
Category winners were:
Ron Anderson, 164 1/8 Typical, East Feliciana
Alton “Tadpole” McLeod, 204 5/8 Non-Typical, Tensas NWR
Mark Caruso, 167 1/8 Typical, Kansas
Donald Waddell, 150 5/8 Typical, Ohio
Elizabeth Smith, 165 6/8 Non-Typical, Texas
Josh Alford, 165 1/8 Typical, Mississippi
Logan Sewell, 196 3/8 Non-Typical, Illinois
Each category winner took home a Nikon Rangefinder and other Nikon gear as well as a spectacular trophy. In addition, Anderson and McLeod won executive hunts at Mississippi’s McKenna Hunting Ranch.
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