Our 37th annual event begins Monday and runs through December 11

For the 37th straight year, The Wayne Independent, The News Eagle, The Carbondale News and The Moscow Villager’s will hold a “Big Buck Contest.”

This year's edition of the event will begin Monday, Nov. 27 and run through 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11.

The contest features $1,950 in valuable prizes.

Reigning Champs

The 2016 Big Buck Contest was divided into two divisions: Youth and Adult, with a different set of prizes for the winner of each.

Katarina Myers of Waymart is this year’s Youth Division winner.

The 16-year-old harvested a huge 10-pointer while hunting in Mount Pleasant, Wayne County.

This massive buck sported a pair of 25” beams and an outside span that measured 23” across. She used a Savage 30-30 to make the kill.

Katarina’s entry finished up with a score of 82.5.

Stan Seeley of Lake Ariel is the Adult Division winner for 2016.

The Lake Ariel resident bagged a massive 12-pointer while patrolling the woods of South Canaan, Wayne County. He used a 338 Win Mag to make the shot.

Stan’s buck boasts a pair of 24” beams and an outside span of 20”. He finished up with a score of 80.5.

The Contest

Group Sports Editor Kevin Edwards invites all Wayne and Pike County hunters to bring their prize worthy bucks to The Wayne Independent to be entered.

Our offices are located at 220 8th Street in Honesdale. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

If you are fortunate enough to bring down a buck in either county during the 2017-18 PA Antlered Deer Rifle Season, enter your trophy within 48 hours of tagging.

The Rules

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 racks.The highest total for each category wins.

Tiebreaker is the distance between brow lines then overall spread if necessary.

Winners will be announced following the conclusion of the PA antlered deer season.

Racks will be measured within 48 hours of tagging at The Wayne Independent.

If youth or senior citizen entrants cannot adhere to the 48-hour rule, please make arrangements by calling Kevin Edwards at 570-253-3055.

Contest begins on Monday, November 27th at 9 a.m. and ends on Monday, December 11th at 4 p.m.

Legal Stuff

All prizes are non-transferable.

The News Eagle and The Wayne Independent do not accept any responsibility for prizes.

By submitting your deer, you agree to allow The News Eagle and The Wayne Independent to use your photo for publication and promotional purposes.

All entries must be legally tagged according to current Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations.

Friendly Advice

If your deer is in the prize running or if you’re even considering mounting your buck, it’s imperative that the head is caped out and frozen as soon as possible.

Freshness of the deer hide and head is of the utmost importance in obtaining a lifelike mount.

Failure to do so will forfeit your prize mount at the discretion of the contest taxidermists.

For recommendations on preserving your deer for mounting, contact our contest taxidermists, Rod’s Taxidermy (845-887-4615) or Hill Top Taxidermy (570-616-7291).

The Prizes

First place overall winner takes $1,525.00 in prizes this year...

•PM40 Kahr Arms Pistol from Tommy Gun, $810 Value

•Full Shoulder Mount from Rod’s Taxidermy, $495 Value

•Go Anywhere Grill by Weber from Gumble Brothers, $50 Value

•$25 Gift Certificate(s) to Delaware Valley Farm & Garden

•$25 Gift Certificate(s) to Blooming Grove Tavern

•$50 Gift Certificate(s) to Mike’s Pizzeria

•$25 Gift Certificate from Fatigue’s Army & Navy Surplus Gear Co.

•$25 Gift Certificate to Ravenhaus Tavern

•$20 Gift Certifcate to Liberty Restaurant

•25 percent off Venison Processing from Waymart Deli

Top Youth Prize Package this year is $425 in prizes...

•Free Shoulder Mount from Hill Top Taxidermy ($425 Value) for largest buck taken by any hunter 16 years of age or younger.