Dick, do you have an idea what date the newspaper puts out the special insert with all the entries and winners?
It usually takes a 170" gross deer to be in the running for the big prize package. A couple of those winners have been 200" non-typicals, including Joe Dellaquila's buck from 2010 and Mike Beatty's double droptine buck last year. Google these deer! You won't believe they are big woods PA bucks. There is an article about Mike's deer in the Dec/Jan 2017 North American Whitetail magazine.
I guess the contest's weird scoring system has to be simple enough for all the clerks at the check-in businesses to come up with a number. Can you imagine how big a pain it would be to have all those employees learn to score via B&C method? I would think that if 2 deer are really close, they could re-measure with a panel of the organizers or something.
The banquet is a really nice cabin-fever reducer and meal. They encourage everyone to bring their antlers to the dinner. They give you 2 tickets to the banquet when you enter a deer. I enter any old buck I kill so I can take my young son to the banquet, see some unbelievable bucks and socialize with all the deer hunters. It's pretty impressive to see the tables with all the big racks from Northcentral PA. I estimate that there were at least 15 racks over 150" on hand, and some other really odd/unique antlers. I try to congratulate all the young kids who bring their racks, regardless of size. Gotta keep them going to the woods.
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