ABBC CONTEST RULES
|1.||Eligible hunters must be signed in and have entry fee paid ($30 for adults or youth) by midnight Friday, October 27, 2017 (for Early Youth Weekend) and by midnight Friday, November 3, 2017 (for Adults). Hunters may sign in during the final hours at Maeker's Grocery, Highway 90-A in Shiner. Hunters may also enter on-line here.|
|2.||Deer must be a whitetail buck killed during the general hunting season.|
Eligible bucks must be killed in one of the three following Texas counties:
DeWitt, Gonzales or Lavaca County, EXCEPT for Texas Open Categories.
Entries must be legal as defined by the General Gun Season regulations for a county. Deer harvested on MLD 2 & 3 properties will be allowed, but Special Antler Restrictions DO APPLY to these properties, i.e. harvested within the dates of the General Gun Season AND Special Antler Restrictions apply.
|4.||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.|
|5.||Bucks must be properly tagged according to Texas State Law when brought in for measurement. Hunter must present valid hunting license and contest entry card to the official measurer.|
|6.||Except for the Late Youth-Only and Texas South Zone, measurement must be made within 24 hours of kill and no later than noon on Monday, January 7, 2017. For late Youth Weekend and Texas South Zone, no later than noon on Monday, January 21, 2018.|
For measurement, the hunter must bring in the ENTIRE BODY of the field dressed animal to one of the official measurers. Hunters that kill a deer within Lavaca, Gonzales and/or DeWitt counties have the option of contacting a Shiner ABBC Official Measurer and requesting permission to clean the deer before official measurement. Measurement is still required within 24 hours of the kill, but in order to accommodate the hunter, they must contact the measurer and present him with a description of the animal, including number of points, estimated spread, tine lengths and time of kill. The measurer that provides permission to the hunter is the only one authorized to measure the deer, unless measurer passes authorization to another available Shiner ABBC Official Measurer.
Winners are decided by the total score according to the contest's point system:
|10.||Hunters may be required to take a Polygraph test. A submission form authorizing a polygraph test must be signed by any registered hunter bringing in deer for measurement. If a youth, a parent or guardian must sign submission form. Failure to sign submission form, failure to submit to the polygraph exam, or failure of the polygraph exam results in disqualification.|
|11.||Hunters attempting to cheat in the Area Big Buck Contest or violating Texas Game Laws are disqualified and barred from entering this contest for a period of time to be determined by the contest committee.|
|12.||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.|
|13.||Door prizes will be awarded only to contest entrants present at the Awards Banquet.|
|14.||All decisions of the contest committee are final.|
|Texas Open Division of the ABBC|
Hunters who registered in the Area Big Buck Contest are eligible to win a prize
in the Texas Open Division. Qualifying winners in the "Texas Open Division" makes
you ineligible to win a prize in the 3-county competition. Prizes in the "Best
of the Rest" category DO NOT apply to the Texas Open.
All rules of the ABBC apply to the Texas Open Division with these exceptions:
|1.||The deer must be a WHITETAIL buck killed in any Texas County except DeWitt, Gonzales or Lavaca counties. The buck must be killed during the regular hunting season of the specific county.|
|2.||The entire body of the field dressed animal is not necessary when brought in for measurement. However, the head and enough of the cape for a shoulder mount must be intact. Sawed-off horns will NOT be counted.|
|3.||Measurement must be made within 72 HOURS of kill and no later than noon on Wednesday, January 7, 2018 (for North Zone entries).|
|4.||Measurement must be made within 72 HOURS of kill and no later than noon on Wednesday, January 21, 2018 (for South Zone entries).|
|5.||North and South Zone hunting areas are as defined by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.|