Archers: Enter The Sentinel’s Big Buck Contest

LEWISTOWN — Hundreds of local hunters will be successful in bagging bucks this year and we look forward to seeing them in The Sentinel’s annual Big Buck Contest.

Antlered deer that meet the three-point standard and are killed during the archery season are eligible. Winners will be declared in adult and junior divisions (junior license or mentored youth hunters), with the first-place deer featured on the cover of the Big Buck edition to be published after the traditional rifle season ends.

Winners will be rewarded with a gift card.

As always, photos of all deer entered in the contest will be published in the special section.

To qualify for the contest, deer must be taken in Mifflin, Juniata, Perry, Snyder or Huntingdon counties, or by residents of those counties hunting anywhere in Pennsylvania. Bucks shot in other states may not be entered.

To enter, we prefer you bring the whole deer — properly tagged — but the cape (head and hide) are acceptable as long as the tag is correctly attached. All deer must have been killed legally according to the Pennsylvania Wildlife Code. Deer must be presented at The Sentinel, 352 Sixth St., Pleasant Acres, for measurement, and must be photographed by our staff.

We will not accept for entry any deer that is not presented as outlined above.

There is generally a photographer in the office Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and after 6 p.m. on Sunday. There are no measurement hours on Saturdays.

If you wish to bring a deer, please call (717) 248-6741 in advance to ensure a photographer is present.

Please bring your deer to the main entrance facing Mifflin County Junior High School. On weekends or after hours, ring the doorbell.

Contest entries will be accepted until the Monday after the last day of rifle deer season.

Each deer’s score will be the sum of the rack’s outside spread, number of points big enough to hold a ring, and base circumference of both antlers. The outside spread will be used as a tie-breaker.