Evart prepares for Big Buck Contest

EVART — It’s time once again to get your best big buck story dusted off, tell a lie or two at deer camp whilst knocking down a bowl of chili or three, and hope beyond all hope that you actually bag the buck you've been dreaming of these many years!

Opening Day is soon upon us!

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 Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Big Buck Contest will be held once again this year on Opening Day, Sunday, Nov. 15. Organizers are all set to measure deer and judge the expected tough competition.

“For more than 20 years the Big Buck Contest has been lot of fun for people from around Osceola County and those visiting this area during hunting season,” explained Evart Masonic Lodge Secretary Bill Wilder. “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 Area 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,” said Wilder. “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," Wilder added. "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 Sunday, Nov. 15, from first light until early evening.