- Visit https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/regulations/deer/ for information regarding the following VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) regulations: ----Opening Day & Season dates----Deer must be a whitetail buck killed during the general hunting season(s).----Eligible bucks must be killed in the state of Virginia, in areas approved by VDGIF. ----Entries must be legal as defined by the VDGIF.
- Bucks killed within a deer-proof fence or any other confined areas are not eligible to enter contest. Bucks that were EVER kept inside a pen for breeding purposes or any other reason are NOT allowed. Bucks that are tagged or tattooed breeding purposes are NOT allowed. Bucks cannot have been raised in a fenced-in area and released. Bucks considered tame, domesticated or pet are NOT allowed.
-Hunter must present valid hunting license and picture ID.
- Measurement must be made within 48 hours of kill and no later than 2pm on Monday, January 9, 2017.
****MEASUREMENTS:**** - For measurement, the hunter must bring in the ENTIRE BODY of the field dressed animal to be measured.
****MEASUREMENT LOCATION:****- RedNex Sporting Goods, 1309 Tappahannock Blvd, Tappahannock, VA 22560
****POINT SYSTEM:****- Winners are decided by the total score according to the following point system:1. The total number of points. ----No points will be counted that are less than 1" in length, no rounding allowed.2. The width of the outside spread. ---- All measurements must be done from the main beam only.3. A total of the two longest tines off the main beam per side will be measured and scored. ---- A total of four tines will be measured, two per side.
****TOTAL SCORE:**** - The total numeric score will be the sum of 1, 2, and 3 above. That is, the sum of the total points, the outside width, and the four longest tines (two per side) equals the total score for the buck.- Tiebreakers will be determined by the longest tine. - In the case of a tie still remaining, the next longest tine of the four measured, and so forth, until a winner has been determined.
****ADDITIONAL SCORING INFO:****- No points will be counted that are less than one (1") inch from its base.- All measurements are rounded off to the nearest 1/8 inch.- Broken points measuring less than the minimum length will not count.- If the main beam is broken, measurement will not include the detached portion of the antler.- If the main beams are movable, measurement will be made at the narrowest point when the antlers are held in.- Once measured, a buck cannot be measured by another person unless authorized by the contest committee.- In the case of a complete tie, winners will be chosen by a drawing between the hunters whose scores are tied.
**Hunters attempting to cheat in the Big Buck Contest or violating Virginia Game Laws are disqualified and barred from entering this contest for a period of two (2) years.
**No more than one prize will be awarded to any registered hunter. A hunter's second buck is valid only if it outscores first buck.
**All decisions of the contest committee are final. No whining. Whiners will be disqualified.
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