Congrats Team 15 and those in the top 5 as well. Thanks to Joe for doing the work to make this an annual event. I enjoy being part of a group and look forward to the '23 season contest.
I was unaware of this…. Count me in next year!!! Thanks Joe!Once again members of the AT Deer Contest put on a deer killing clinic! 241 members of the Archery Talk Community joined the 19th Annual Deer Contest and were randomly dispersed over 16 teams. Those 241 members registered 229 deer, with 89 of them (37%) registering a buck. While this won't go down in the books as a record setting contest, there is something to be said when 63% of those registered members contribute. Even though contest membership continued the downward trend for the second consecutive, it certainly didn't stifle the enthusiasm. Team 15, The Doestroyers basically lead the contest wire-to-wire amassing a very impressive 1743.5 points....when you see any of these members on the boards, be sure to give them a shout. As a direct result of their efforts, this team will get to stay together for the 20th Annual Contest next year.View attachment 7817716 Rounding out top five teams: 9 Tines the Charm - 1484.1 points Six Shooters - 1475.5 points Out 4 Blood - 1435.75 points DEER FORCE ONE - 1400.9 pointsYou can see the tight race that existed right up until the last day for spots 2-5 and also realize how dominate a performance The Doestroyers turned in this year (and that was without any support from three of their members) with almost a 260 point lead over the pack. This contest found 11 members entering the Monster Buck Club (MBC) by dropping a buck scoring 150" or more on the P&Y Scoring System; including 180 p&y's Kansas Monster that he took on October 25 at 6:00PM which scored 184 6/8th". This entry from 180 p&y was not only the top scoring buck this year, it falls at the #13 spot on the Top 25 Archery Talk All-Time list (historical lists will be updated in the upcoming weeks).View attachment 7817859 View attachment 7817862 Joining 180 p&y in the 2022-23 Monster Buck Club were: Matt Palmquist - 175 3/8 aholifield - 175 Liv4Rut - 173 6/8 Camp - 173 1/8 bow-only-n-ky - 169 4/8 basnbucks - 165 4/8 booner 21 - 163 5/8 olemossyhorns - 156 6/8 Suncrest08 - 154 2/8 jhcats10 - 151 (a few of these hunters are no strangers to killing big buck)As you can see there were some real giants that met their demise at the hands of our contest members; probably no coincidence that two of themcame from the first place Doestroyers. Interestingly, of the 89 buck that were entered into the contest this year, the average score was 118". Hopefully, that statistic couple with the MBC information above provides a general idea of the scope of entries. 78 of the 241 registered contestants added a second deer to their teams total this year. The contest allows for up to 2-deer per contestant to be entered. Some enter two buck, the smaller of the two is scored at 50 points (the same for an antlerless entry). Consider this interesting tidbit - while 89 hunters registered a buck, only 79 total hunters scored at least 100 points. So......at least 10 buck scored less than 100" and the hunters who registered those buck did not enter a second deer. I only point this out because every year I get a series of PMs around registration time from members who are interested in joining the contest, but associate the contest with killing BIG buck and worry about their ability to contribute....not that case at all. In fact, if every member of a 15-person team this year contributed a mere 100 points, in any fashion, (two antlerless, small buck, super small buck and antlerless) that team would have finished in second place. While this is a 'contest' it is certainly more about camaraderie than winning. I don't think the harvest data statistics will be much of a surprise to many. Keep in mind I am only tracking buck harvests. As I mentioned above, 89 buck were entered into the contest this year; PA lead the pack with 13 followed closely by Iowa (10), Missouri (9), Illinois (9), Ohio (6). Twenty-nine buck were killed between 7-9AM, while 28 were killed between 5-8PM. If I were to expand that a little, 38 were killed before 12-noon while a whopping 50 were killed after 12-noon. The week of November 7 - 13 was this year's top producing week when 28 (~31%) buck were killed. That week produced more than double the amount of buck entries of the next week (10/31-11/6) when 10 buck were entered. The three week window between 10/31 and 11/20 produced a whopping 47 (~53%) of the buck entered. The three top single days were November 11(7 buck), November 7 (6 buck), and November 13 (5 buck). Interestingly November 11 was a Veteran's Day and a Friday this year and November 13 was the Sunday of the same weekend. I wonder how many capitalized on a long weekend because of the Friday holiday? I want to thank all those who participated, not only for participating, but for being a great bunch. There were minimal issues that needed to be addressed and certainly a great many connections were made. I know my personal participation was down again this year, it was the second consecutive year I didn't contribute a point to my team, but moreover, rarely contributed on my team thread. I share only to point out that we all understand life can and often does get in the way. I missed a shot a 150ish buck the first week of the season, I passed at last 9 different buck this year waiting on something that would meet the standard I set for myself this year. I didn't kill an antlerless deer because I couldn't find anyone that wanted the venison and I am the only person in my home will eat it. I hunt for myself, not for a 'contest', but being in this contest has lead me to meet several members over the years, share a meal, share a hunt, etc...that's what this is about. I hope when preparations begin for the 20th Annual Contest you will consider entering. You might get paired with a guy in your own neighborhood who didn't even know existed OR maybe with a member in another state/region and you can swap hunts with each other. The world has been sideways for sometime now and the most efficient way to straighten it out is for everyone to play just a small piece in it...not so naive to think a Deer Contest could be the solution, but it certainly could be for OUR MEMBERSHIP. I'd rather see more of us helping one another, partnering with one another and encouraging one another than criticizing each others choice of weapon, broadhead, stand, tracking system, etc.... Keep Your Eyes on the Prize....registration for next year will be here before you know it, typically beginning in July. I'd love to add another 100 members or so to the fold. Congrats to all those who scored, big or small, it was more than me, so you should be proud! Joe (will work periodically over the next couple of weeks to update the historical stats)
TOP 25 BUCK of ALL TIMEOver the next few posts I will highlight the top 25 buck entered in the deer contests. At this point (7/16/19) there are 2 separate ties, so you will see those top 27 deer entered below. Here are the TOP TEN listed in order, photos below...... 1** 2006 - 07** Matt Palmquist**...www.archerytalk.com