2017 Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest scheduled for July 21-23 brought to you by Cabela's

The Big Buck Wall will include some of the biggest bucks.

Come on out to the Cabela’s Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest July 21-23 to see some of the biggest deer killed during the past hunting seasons. All persons entering the contest will be allowed in at no charge and again on Sunday to retrieve their deer head.

The Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest will be held on July 21-23 in conjunction with the Louisiana Sportsman Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The contest will be hosted and scored by the Quality Deer Management Association.

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

Deer may be dropped off beginning Friday, July 21, but must be entered no later than 6 p.m. Saturday, July 22.  Antlers must remain at the show’s Big Buck Wall until Sunday afternoon.

It’s free to enter the Big Buck Contest — just bring your unscored deer from the 2016-17, 2015-16, and 2014-15 seasons to the show.

Prize winners 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

Cabela’s Sporting Goods is giving away $500 gift certificates to each category winner. All bucks entered in the contest are eligible for the draw prize of $250 from Puglia’s Sporting Goods. The winner can choose to have a shopping spree at the show with Puglia’s or at the store in Metairie.

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 category prizes, however they are eligible for draw prize.

Bucks killed in seasons before the 2014-15 hunting season can be entered for scoring, but are not eligible for category prizes, however they are eligible for the draw prize.

All entries will be displayed on the Big Buck Contest wall until shortly before winners are announced July 23.

Contest Rules