For nearly a year we have teased it. Now the “Big Bucks” Buck Contest, once an annual tradition here at The Adair Progress, is making its return. The contest, which first started in 1988, is making a comeback due to interest and support from the community.
The contest’s return is here not a moment too soon. With all the health concerns, there are few better ways to social distance than by isolating yourself in your deer stand or blind while waiting for that perfect shot to bag your Big Buck.
Spearheading the effort to revive the Buck Contest are Carley Fudge and Chris Burton. The two men approached us about the contest, and they have worked with sponsors and the community to get everything in place for the coming deer season.
There are three divisions for the competition. For adults there are separate bow and gun divisions. For juveniles under the age of 18, bow and gun are combined into one category.
Bow season kicks off on September 5 and runs through January 18. Youth-only gun is October 10 and 11. Muzzleloader is October 17 and 18. Modern Gun is November 14 through 29. Finally, Free Youth Weekend this year is December 26 and 27.
One of the big prizes this year is a Remington 700 combo rifle with scope from Downey Gun and Pawn. This prize will be awarded for first place in the gun division.
Sponsorships are still being accepted and a full list of prizes will be available soon. Keep checking The Adair Progress for more information. For now, you can see our ad on page 8 of this week’s newspaper for more details.