The Wayne Independent & The Hawley News Eagle are once again combining forces to sponsor the annual Big Buck Contest. This marks the 30th year for the event, which gives Wayne & Pike County hunters a chance to showcase their trophies.

The countdown for local hunters is officially on.

With the Thanksgiving Holiday upon us, less than a week remains before the beginning of deer season.

According to officials at the PA Game Commission, deer season will open with a 5-day, antlered deer-only season in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 2C, 2D, 2E, 2G, 3C, 4B, 4D and 4E Nov. 29-Dec. 3.

This will be followed in these WMUs by seven days of concurrent, antlered and antlerless deer hunting Dec. 4-Dec. 11.

The rest of the Commonwealth follows the 2-week concurrent, antlered and antlerless season (Nov. 29-Dec. 11) that has been in place since ‘01.

Big Buck Contest
As has been the case for the better part of 30 years, The Wayne Independent is once again sponsoring its Big Buck Contest.

It is open to any hunter of legal age who bags a buck within the confines of Pike and Wayne counties.

For your convenience, we have two locations to enter your deer this year.

Kevin Edwards will be available at TWI’s 220 8th Street location weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Jason Renard will be at our sister publication, The News Eagle in Hawley, be-ginning at 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The contest will officially get underway on Monday, Nov. 29. and conclude two weeks later on Dec. 10.

Pictures of each entrant will appear in either The Wayne Indpendent or The News Eagle and on the corresponding website. Winners will be announced at the end of the season.

More than $3,600 in prizes are up for grabs in our Big Buck Contest.