Our 33rd annual contest is open to hunters in Wayne and Pike Counties.

Week One of the 2013 Big Buck Contest is nearly in the books and once again we're getting a tremendous response from area hunters.

This is the 33rd straight year for the event, which is sponsored by The News Eagle in Hawley and The Wayne Independent in Honesdale.

Come On Down!

We encourage all local hunters to enter our annual contest, free if charge.

If you're fortunate enough to harvest a buck in Pike and Wayne Counties during the 2013-14 season, bring down your buck within 48 hours of tagging into our contest.

The largest buck is determined by the largest rack. We'll measure the distance of each curve of the rack and the span across the widest part of the rack.

Then we'll add the number of PA legal points shown on the rack.

The highest total wins. Tiebreaker is the distance between brow tines then overall spread if necessary.

Winners will be announced following the conclusion of the PA Antlered Deer Season.

Racks must be measured within 48 hours of tagging at The Wayne Independent Office, 220 8th Street, Honesdale Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Measuring will also be done at The News Eagle, 8 Silk Mill Drive, Suite 101, Hawley, also Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Many local businesses have donated wonderful prizes and there are several different categories in which to compete.

So, come on down and show us your big buck. At the very least, we'll publish the photo in our paper and post it online so you can brag to all your friends!

Week One

William Barry of Tafton opened Tuesday's action by bagging a beautiful big buck and entering him in our annual contest.

Barry was hunting in the woods of Pike County when he spied a massive 13-pointer. He used a 30.06 1942 Sharpshooter to make the kill.

The buck boasts a pair of 17" beams and a spread of just under 14".

Next in at the News Eagle was Justin Schwartz of Hawley. This is just Justin's second year of hunting and he's entered in our Youth Division.

Schwartz harvested a nice 8-pointer while beating the brush in Pike County. He used a 243 Savage to make his shot from a distance of about 100 yards.

Brianna Tuite of Lake Ariel also bagged her first-ever big buck and brought in to be entered in the Youth Division.

The 13-year-old was hunting in Pike County as well and harvested a big 8-pointer. Brianna used a 243 Savage to make the shot from approximately 40 yards away.

Wayne Hiller was first through the doors Thursday morning with one of our biggest bucks yet.

A resident of Scranton who hunts in Blooming Grove Township, Hiller brought down a mammoth 15-pointer with his trust 308 Winchester.

The beast was running with two does when Hiller took his shot. It sports 22" beams and a spread of just over 15".