This is where the Brush Country Big Buck Contest sets the record straight and awards local hunters with buckles to make it known who has the year’s bragging rights and the most points mounted on their wall.
For the seventh year in a row, local hunters competed, and awards for last year’s hunt were given out just in time for the start of this year’s hunting season at the Brush Country Cowboy Church on Saturday, Sept. 21.
“This was sort of a kickoff for this hunting season,” Brush Country Big Buck Contest board member Richard Galloway said.
George West’s Tom Davis and his 11-year-old daughter Kate won the Parent-child low fence division. Tom said Kate’s biggest was a 12-point buck weighing in at 200 pounds on the hoof when she was only 10 years old.
“I shot him with a .22-50, one shot in the neck from about 75 yards away,” Kate said. “It’s fun; sometimes you’re trying to get one deer, and you get a different deer.”
Eddie Garza of Hebbronville won the widest spread high fence division with the buck he got on Canales Ranch at the south end of Live Oak County. He said he purchased the hunt for his daughter, but she was unable to go so he went in her place.
“Any time I can hunt at a different ranch makes it that much more enjoyable,” Garza said. “Hunting on our ranch all my life, sometimes you want to go somewhere else.”
Other winners were as follows:
• Women’s best overall – Amanda Sorenson
• Men’s best overall – Fred Chasten
• Women’s best archery – Dot Brosig
• Men’s best archery – Andy Torres
• Men’s best high fence – Ramiro Olivera Jr.
• Men’s best low fence – Tom Davis
• Women’s best low fence – Lynette Dague
• Widest spread high fence – Eddie Garza
• Widest spread low fence – Hal Tompkins
• Most points high fence – Pete Mercer
• Most points low fence – Dylan Pawlik
• Big 8 – Scott Howard
• Young adult best – Ashley Powell
• Youth best high fence – Hobbs Price
• Youth best low fence – Braden Gale
• Youth second best high fence – Byron Carvajal
• Youth second best low fence – Walker Rhodes
• Youth best 8-point – Shelby Slavinski
• Youth best 7-point – Conner Rhodes
• Parent-child high fence – Theresa and Brooke Rhodes
• Parent-child low fence – Tom and Kate Davis
Although guns and bows are still the focus of the competition, this year’s awards ceremony included photo hunters as well. The winners of the photography competition were as follows:
• Grace Armantrout Museum
• Ranch – Syndilyn Maguglin and Saeleigh Dubose
• Deer – Landyn Maguglin and Earleen Tompkins
• Hog – Landyn Maguglin
• Other wildlife – Syndilyn Maguglin
The 2012-13 competition had 150 hunters registered to compete, and more are anticipated for the 2013-14 competition.
Archery season starts at the beginning of October, and the regular season runs from the first weekend in November through mid-January.
For a complete list of rules and to register, go to www.brushcountrybigbuck.com.