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2017 Iowa’s Biggest Big Buck Contest Results

Archery Typical
1st Place — Shawn Hornberg – Boone (186 0/8)
2nd Place — Cory Wolf – North Liberty (185 0/8)
3rd Place — Terry Danielson – Redfield (179 1/8)
4th Place — Clayton Braddock – Lamoni (178 3/8)
5th Place — Markus Moore – Griswold (175 3/8)

Firearm Typical
1st Place — Mark McGowan – Solon (179 2/8)
2nd Place — Dean Wentworth – Cresco (176 7/8)
3rd Place — Jesse Black – Salix (176 3/8)
4th Place — Mark Owens – Homestead (175 0/8)
5th Place — Andy Barrett – Clinton (172 2/8)

Muzzleloader Typical
1st Place — Cole Jamison – Anamosa (183 1/8)
2nd Place — Kevin Neal – Nodaway (179 1/8)
3rd Place — Jesse Randall – Boone (168 6/8)

Ladies Archery Typical
1st Place — Denise Buddenberg – Decorah (165 5/8)
2nd Place — Jaime Brecount – Argyle (143 3/8)
3rd Place — Danielle Sweeney – Madrid (115 2/8)

Ladies Firearm Typical
1st Place — Emily Baker – Coon Rapids (165 0/8)
2nd Place — Savannah Smith – Crescent (158 2/8)
3rd Place — Cori Powders – Seymour (155 7/8)

Crossbow Typical
1st Place — Austin Pontier – St. Charles (194 1/8)
2nd Place — Aaron Vance – Des Moines (174 7/8)
3rd Place — Ron Smith – Davenport (146 3/8)

Historical Typical
1st Place — Doug Gifford – Carroll (182 5/8)
2nd Place — Douglas Clark – Zearing (163 0/8)
3rd Place — Chad Hanchett – Deep River (163 0/8)

Youth Firearms Typical
1st Place — Rhys Land – Sumner (161 7/8)
2nd Place — Emily Hanna – Fairfield (157 4/8)
3rd Place — Jake Nichols – Colfax (152 1/8)

Youth Archery Typical
1st Place — Silas Klyn – Harvey (164 5/8)
2nd Place — Michael Spoonholtz – Des Moines (154 5/8)
3rd Place — Jacob Alexander – Eldridge (147 4/8)

Best of Show
Austin Pontier — St. Charles – (194 1/8) – Crossbow Typical

10 Point Buck
Allison Winchell- Newton – (210 0/8)

11 Point Buck
Shawn Hornberg – Boone – (186 0/8)

12 Point Buck
Cory Wolf – North Liberty – (185 0/8)

Archery Non-Typical
1st Place — Deric Sieck – Fayette (282 4/8)
2nd Place — Derrick Williams – Center Point (217 3/8)
3rd Place — Jim Klepper – West Bend (215 3/8)
4th Place — Kevin Kruse – Redfield (196 4/8)
5th Place — Chris Anderson – Adel (191 2/8)

Firearm Non-Typical
1st Place — Cody Van Fleet – Cedar Rapids (206 0/8)
2nd Place — Dalton Hicks – North Liberty (203 4/8)
3rd Place — Sam Halverson – Coon Rapids (200 0/8)
4th Place — Collin DeBruin – Oskaloosa (186 2/8)
5th Place — Shane Haffner – Corning (185 4/8)

Muzzleloader Non-Typical
1st Place — Chance Homer – Argyle (185 4/8)
2nd Place — Mike Doornenbal – Madrid (167 2/8)
3rd Place — Cody Anderson – Murray (146 0/8)

Ladies Archery Non-Typical
1st Place — Laura Duey – Albia (199 1/8)
2nd Place — Savanah Edwards – Dakota City (189 7/8)
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Ladies Firearm Non-Typical
1st Place — Jamie Votrobeck – Loviia (190 3/8)
2nd Place — Wanda Lindsey – Van Wert (172 1/8)
3rd Place — Steph Stagter – Knoxville (154 5/8)

Crossbow Non-Typical
1st Place — Jon Henson – Carroll (215 6/8)
2nd Place — Daron Dudley – Central City (213 2/8)
3rd Place — Jim Johnson – Des Moines (190 5/8)

Historical Non-Typical
1st Place — Bradley Messenger – Keota (198 1/8)
2nd Place — Andy Hodges- Decatur (178 7/8)
3rd Place — Joey Rutledge – Afton (169 4/8)

Youth Firearms Non-Typical
1st Place — Izzy Jones – Washington (192 7/8)
2nd Place — Alyssa Parker – Ankeny (181 3/8)
3rd Place — Cannon Roberson – Indianola (173 3/8)

Youth Archery Non-Typical
1st Place — Tyler Knott – Blakesburg (222 2/8)
2nd Place — Thomas Payne – Earlham (166 4/8)
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Most Unique
Derek Sieck — Fayette – (282 4/8) Archery Non-Typical

6 Point Buck
Debra Yoder – Wellman – (132 5/8)

8 Point Buck
Cole Valasek – Bondurant – (165 1/8)

9 Point Buck
William Fuchs – Newton – (165 3/8)

Iowa’s Biggest Big Buck Contest
Sponsored by Budweiser, one of our most popular attractions at the Iowa Deer Classic is our Big Buck Contest which typically brings in over 350 trophy whitetails for scoring and display! Leader Boards are rotated for the many categories and on Sunday an Awards Ceremony showcases the biggest Iowa bucks of the year and awards the lucky Iowa hunters. Our first class display of entries is truly a sight to see!

How To Enter:
It’s easy! Bring your trophy to the Iowa Deer Classic Big Buck entrance in the North end of the main lobby of Hy-Vee Hall and purchase a $20 Big Buck Contest entry ticket which includes a 3-day Show Pass (a $36 value) and official scoring of your whitetail. You will be asked to fill out a complete registration form and receive a numbered claim check which correlates to a registration tag that will accompany your whitetail. Security and safety of your trophy is always our number one concern. Your whitetail will be scored and put on display at the show and may be picked up Sunday afternoon after 3:30 PM

Big Buck Special Awards
Best of Show
Most Unusual
Biggest Scoring Bucks (6 pt, 8 pt, 9 pt, 10 pt, 11 pt, 12 pt)
Big Buck Contest Awards Divisions
Top Five (5) Archery Typical
Top Five (5) Archery Non-Typical
Top Five (5) Firearm Typical
Top Five (5) Firearm Non-Typical
Top Three (3) Muzzleloader Typical
Top Three (3) Muzzleloader Non-Typical
Top Three (3) Youth Firearm Typical
Top Three (3) Youth Firearm Non-Typical
Top Three (3) Youth Archery Typical
Top Three (3) Youth Archery Non-Typical
Top Three (3) Historical Typical
Top Three (3) Historical Non-Typical
Top Three (3) Ladies Archery Typical
Top Three (3) Ladies Archery Non-Typical
Top Three (3) Ladies Firearm Typical
Top Three (3) Ladies Firearm Non-Typical
Top Three (3) Crossbow Typical
Top Three (3) Crossbow Non-Typical

Plaque

* AWARD PLAQUES
Our plaques are laser engraved and made from Iowa White Oak. They can be customized to add information and pictures. CLICK HERE for more information.
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Big Buck Contest Rules of Entry:
Contest open to hunters who legally harvested an antlered whitetail deer in the State of Iowa.
Entries will be accepted starting 3:00 pm on Friday March 3, 2017 and close at 11:00 am on Sunday March 5, 2017.
Antlers do not need to be mounted. Antlers must have a solid skull plate. 60 day drying period applies. ie: harvested before January 4, 2017 to be scored March 5, 2017
If your deer has been previously scored, you MUST bring a copy of the official score sheet.
It will not be re-measured.
Entry Fee is per Trophy and contestants will receive a FREE three-day pass (a $36.00 value), and entry in the prize drawing.
Bucks must have been harvested in the Fall 2015/2016 or the 2016/2017 Iowa Hunting seasons to enter the Firearm, Archery, Muzzleloader, Crossbow, Ladies Archery, Ladies Firearm or Youth categories.
Bucks harvested prior to Fall 2015 hunting season must be entered into the Historical category.
To compete in the Youth Firearm or Youth Archery category, hunter must have been under 18 years of age at time of harvest. Proof of birth date may be required.
No previous Iowa Deer Classic winners are eligible for an award with the same trophy deer in the same category.
Female entrants can choose whether to complete in the Ladies Archery category, Ladies Firearm category or in the appropriate method specific category (Firearm, Archery, Crossbow, Muzzleloader, Youth). Once entered, category cannot be changed.

Awards and Judging:
Awards will be given at 3:00 Sunday in the Big Buck display area.
Plaques and Deluxe Place Ribbons are given for the top five (5) entries in four (4) categories: Archery Typical & Non-Typical, Firearm Typical & Non-Typical.
Plaques and Deluxe Place Ribbons are given to the top three (3) entries in the following fourteen (14) categories: Muzzleloader Typical & Non-Typical, Youth Firearm Typical & Non-Typical, Youth Archery Typical & Non-Typical, and Historical Typical & Non-Typical, Ladies Archery Typical & Non-Typical, Ladies Firearm Typical & Non-Typical, Crossbow Typical & Non-Typical.
Plaques and Deluxe Ribbons are given to the biggest 6 pt, 8 pt, 9 pt, 10 pt, 11 pt, and 12 pt bucks entered in the contest.
Entries eligible for one Award only, and must be present at the Awards Presentation to win.
Award Ribbons are awarded to all entries meeting Iowa DNR record list, Pope & Young Record Book, Boone & Crockett Record Book or Long Hunters Society Book entry standards.
All entries will be measured by Official Measurers using the Boone & Crockett and/or Pope & Young Scoring System. Bucks can be entered into the Boone & Crockett or Pope & Young Record Books if qualified for an additional fee. Bucks that qualify will be entered in the Iowa DNR record book for no charge.
Each entrant is eligible for a Special Door Prize Drawing. You do not have to be present to win the drawing.
Judging will be performed on Sunday afternoon. No entries can be picked up without permission before 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 5, 2017.
Awards will be determined based on the Boone & Crockett score and/or Pope & Young score. Trophy deer must be present to win an award.
You MUST have a Claim Check AND Proof of Identity to claim your entry. No exceptions. Security is a high priority at the show. We strongly suggest your trophy be locked in your car after return. No trophy deer will be allowed on the show floor after return.

SCORE ONLY:
We offer the option to have your deer officially measured by our certified scorers. It will NOT be entered in the contest or displayed. It will NOT be eligible for awards. Antlers may be picked up after they are scored. Priority is given to deer entered in the contest first. Cost $20.

BIG BUCK REGISTRATION:
Please print and fill out the Big Buck Registration Form to expedite the check in process.
for a registration form CLICK HERE

All Deer meeting Boone and Crockett All-time Book requirements will be added to our Hall of Fame list and will get an invite to future shows with free admission in return for displaying the deer.