Our 33rd Annual Big Buck Contest is attracting hunters from all over the area.

Scott Zablocky of Forest City has the distinction of being the first entry in our 2013 Big Buck Contest.

This 33rd annual event is once again being sponsored by The Wayne Independent in Honesdale and The News Eagle in Hawley.

A veteran of 18 years hunting in Penn's Woods, Zablocky bagged the second big buck of his career on Monday morning around 9 a.m.

Scott used a Mossberg 270 to make the kill from a distance of about 50 yards. The buck sports a total of seven points and the rack measures 16" at its widest point.

Meanwhile at The News Eagle, Katherine Mills was first in with a nice buck of her own.

A resident of Hawley, she harvested an 8-pointer while hunting in Palmyra Township, Wayne County at exactly 7:39 a.m. Monday.

Katherine used a Marlin 30-30 from a distance of about 300 yards. This is the second largest deer she's bagged in her eight-year hunting career.

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, PA, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Measuring will also be done at The News Eagle, 8 Silk Mill Drive, Suite 101, Hawley, PA 18428, also Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:00 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!

Day One

Honesdale's own Jason Farrell was the second hunter to drop by The Wayne Independent offices on Opening Day.

After a decade of trying, Jason finally bagged himself a trophy buck early Monday morning.

He harvested a beautiful 8-pointer while beating the brush in Damascus. Jason used a Teka 30.06 to make his shot from a distance of approximately 150 yards.

Next up was the White Family of Milanville ... and, if symmetry was a factor in our contest, John White would be in the running for first place.

John bagged his big buck while hunting in Lebanon Township at around 7:30 a.m. Monday. It measured 16" (right beam) 16" (left beam) and 16" (span).

He used his trusty Savage 22-250 to make the kill from a distance of about 100 yards. John has been hunting for more than 40 years and this is one of the biggest bucks he's bagged.

As far as The Wayne Independent goes, though, the leader in the clubhouse after Day One is Amanda White.

She's been hunting for six years and the first deer she harvested is a beauty. The massive buck boats nine points, a pair of 23" beams and a span measuring 19".

Amanda harvested this trophy buck in Lebanon Township at 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning.

Over & Out

Gina Farrachi of Hawley was our second entrant at The News Eagle on Day One of the contest.

She's been hunting for nine years and has already harvested five bucks total.

Gina used a Marlin 30-30 to make her shot from about 70 yards away. She was hunting in Lackawaxen Township, Pike County.

Logan Carney also bagged a memorable buck while hunting in Damascus Township, Wayne County.

Our first entry in the Youth Division, Logan used a Winchester 243 harvest his nice 8-pointer from a distance of 150 yards.