Bagging the big one

BIG BUCK: First Place honors in the 2011 Evart Big Buck Contest went to David Hubbard who shot a beautiful 9 point buck with a spread of 18 1/2 inches in the Emerald Lake area. (Herald Review file photo)
BIG BUCK: First Place honors in the 2011 Evart Big Buck Contest went to David Hubbard who shot a beautiful 9 point buck with a spread of 18 1/2 inches in the Emerald Lake area. (Herald Review file photo)

Evart prepares for Big Buck Contest

EVART  - It’s time to get your best big buck story dusted off - and bag a prize winner for real. Hunters out on Opening Day in the Evart area will have double the chance to score big while showing off their bagged bucks this year. Yessir. It’s Big Buck time in Evart. The Evart Chamber of Commerce sponsored Big Buck Contest will be held once again this year on Opening Day, Nov. 15. Organizers are all set to measure deer and judge the expected tough competition. “For almost 20 years the Big Buck Contest has been a highlight of the hunting season for a lot of fun for people from around Osceola County and those visiting this area during hunting season,” explained Evart Masonic Lodge president Shelby Struble. “Members of the Masonic Lodge encourage hunters to come and show off their successes in the field.” The annual event is facilitated by members of the local Lodge with support by the Evart Chamber of Commerce. Judges will be on hand throughout Opening Day to measure deer antlers for the one-day contest. There will be prizes offered for “First Deer In” as well as impressive cash prizes for those winning a place on the leader board. No one walks away empty handed. And ... “We’ll have plenty of hot coffee and donuts on hand in the morning, and some great soup and chili on the stove throughout the later part of the day,” added Struble. “The Big Buck contest is a longstanding tradition in Evart and we’re sure a lot of people will really enjoy having it take place once again this year offering hunters a place to come and talk with others to see how things are going as well as just a chance to warm up and swallow down a cup of coffee. “The guys who measured deer in years past will be back bringing their expertise with them. “It’s just a lot of fun. That’s all there is to it. We have place to hold such a contest and we’re maintaining the tradition at no cost to anyone stopping by. We see it as a service and a lot of fun at that!!” The Big Buck Contest will take place at the Evart Masonic Lodge on south Main Street, just south of Evart’s historic Depot. The one-day race for Big Buck glory will take place Thursday, Nov. 15 from first light until about 5 p.m.