2017 Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest scheduled for March 17-19

The Big Buck Wall, sponsored by Yamaha, to include some of the biggest bucks killed during the 2016-17 hunting season

Come on out to the Yamaha Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest March 18-20 to see some of the biggest deer killed during the 2015-16 hunting season.

Come on out to the Yamaha Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest March 17-19 to see some of the biggest deer killed during the 2016-17 hunting season.

Hunting season is almost over, so it’s time to make plans to bring your bucks to the Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest to be held on March 17-19 to be held in conjunction with the Louisiana Sportsman Show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

And even if your deer mount isn’t complete, you can make arrangements with your taxidermist to bring the antlers to the contest, which is sponsored by Yamaha.

The Quality Deer Management Association Louisiana is back again to host the event.

Deer may be dropped off beginning Friday, March 17, but must be entered no later than 6 p.m. Saturday, March 18. Antlers must remain at the show’s Big Buck Wall until Sunday afternoon.

And it’s free to enter the Big Buck Contest — just bring your unscored deer from the 2015-16 or 2014-15 seasons to the show.

Winners also will be named in the following categories:

• Best Louisiana Gun

• Best Louisiana Bow

• Best Out-of-state Gun

• Best Out-of-state Bow

• Best Ladies

• Best Youth

• Best Muzzleloader/Crossbow

Contest head scorer Dave Moreland has developed a unique system by which all deer — typical and non-typical — within a category can objectively be compared.

Each deer is scored on the Boone & Crockett or Pope & Young system, and then compared to the minimum score for inclusion in those record books. The difference between the minimum score of each deer is then used to decide category winners.

That means a typical deer could beat out a higher-scoring non-typical.

Bucks entered in any previous Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest are not eligible for the contest.

Bucks killed in seasons before the 2015-16 hunting season can be entered for scoring, but are not eligible for contest prizes.

All entries will be displayed on the Big Buck Contest wall until shortly before winners are announced March 19.

Contest Rules