2017 Yamaha Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest better than ever

Enter for chance to win Yamaha ATV, gun or bow package at Louisiana Sportsman Show

With 2016-17 hunting season in the books, it’s time to make plans to bring your bucks to the Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest to be held on March 16-19.

Even if your deer mount isn’t complete, you can make arrangements with your taxidermist to bring the antlers to the contest.

And there are even more reasons to enter the contest, which is sponsored by Yamaha and presented by Bowie Outfitters.

The contest again will be hosted by the Quality Deer Management Association South Louisiana Branch.

The biggest draw is the random drawing from among all adult entrants for another Yamaha ATV. But Bowie Outfitters also is putting up a second grand-prize package: One lucky entrant will receive either a premium hunting rifle package or bow package — the winner gets to pick.

In addition, category winners will receive $250 gift cards to Bowie Outfitters.

Deer may be dropped off beginning that Friday, but must be entered no later than 6 p.m. on that Saturday. No deer will be accepted before Friday, March 17.

It’s free to enter — just bring your unscored deer from the 2016-17 or 2015-16 seasons 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

And your trophy doesn’t have to be a state-record deer to win one of the great prizes. Since everyone who enters is eligible for the drawings, you could go home with the four-wheeler, the rifle or bow package even if you enter a basket rack.

All deer will be scored by official Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young scorers. Of course, only those past the mandatory 60-day drying period will receive final scores.

Bucks entered in any previous Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest are not eligible for the contest or the drawing.

Bucks killed in seasons before the 2015-16 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 March 19.

Read the full rules here.

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