Overview & Pricing
Bring your trophy deer to be scored in our Trophy Deer Contest. Get you deer’s official score, show off your deer, compete for an award and get a weekend pass.
Friday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
How to Enter
There is no advance entry; just bring your trophy to the Expo.
Early Checkout Fee
Trophy Deer Contest (to be officially scored)
FREE 3 Day Pass
Trophy Deer Contest (already pre-scored)
You do not need to buy an admission ticket because your trophy paperwork will serve as your weekend pass. Everyone else with you MUST buy a general admission ticket.
Additional contest entries (ex; you bring two deer to be scored) are $20 each. Pre-scored deer are $10 each to enter the contest and get a weekend pass. If pre-scored you must provide your own proof of official score with a copy of the official score sheet.
Measure-Only Non-Contest Entries
Get an official score of any in-state and out-of-state whitetails. Locked antlers may be measured (if possible). You will be required to buy a ticket to the expo and pay a $20 measuring fee.
Measure Only Entry Times
Friday 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Early Checkout Fee
If you would like your non-whitetail to be displayed for others to see let a member of Hoosier Record Buck Program know. Trophy will be measured only after all trophy contest entries have been measured. The fee is returned if the trophy has not yet been measured when the attendee is ready to leave. No check-outs between noon and 3:00 p.m. Sunday.
Parking is FREE
Go inside the building, to the trophy registration table. There, you will pay your entry fee and be given the necessary paperwork. Do not fill out paperwork at this time, but take it along and follow the directions to the designated measuring area, and fill it out at that time.
Measuring Area / Contest Headquarters
Members of the Hoosier Record Buck Program will be there to assist you with any questions you have.
Trophy Contest Categories
There are many ways to win. Your deer can be recognized for its unique qualities. See below for how your deer may be categorized based on several distinctions.
- Was your deer taken with Firearm, Archery, Crossbow or Muzzleloader?
- There will be separate divisions for each.
- When was your deer taken? Was it during the current year (the most recent past hunting season)
- If taken with Firearm or Archery you will indicate either the current year (the most recent past hunting season)or historical contest division (the 2nd most recent past hunting season and older).
- If taken with a Muzzleloader or Crossbow there is no current vs historical distinction, you’ll be in one division.
Typical / Non-Typical:
- Is your deer typical or non-typical?
- If your deer is typical how many points does it have? 8, 9, 10, 11,12 or 13+?
- Non-typical will be in one point class.
- Indiana or Kentucky whitetail deer must be taken during hunting season and hunter must be known.
- Entries do not need to be mounted, but they must have a solid skull plate and must be clean of flesh.
- Second- and third-place winners in all divisions and categories at previous expos are eligible for re-entry.
- First place winners of any prior historical firearms or archery contest are not eligible for re-entry.
- First place winners in the Muzzleloader category from any and all previous Expos are not eligible for re-entry. However, if you didn’t win first place, you can keep re-entering.
- First place winners in the Crossbow category from any and all previous Expos are not eligible for re-entry. However, if you didn’t win first place, you can keep re-entering.
Awards - Trophy Contest
- Award presentations begin at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Seminar Area A.
- Trophy (deer) must be present to win.
- Awards based on antler score. Awards proportional to entries: i.e. 1-3 entries in class = 1 award; 4-8 entries in class = 2 awards; 9 or more entries in class = 3 awards.
- Award trophies given.
- No cash or merchandise prizes.
Board of Honor Entries
Any past entrant that has already won 1st place in any historical category may show off their deer for others to enjoy. Board of Honor Entries will receive a FREE weekend pass with their check-in paperwork at the trophy check-in area. Please bring proof of your official score and if possible bring proof of your record to make it easy to locate you within our records system. You may bring your past display board card if you have it and we can display that with your deer. Any entries that check out early will be subject to $10 early checkout fee as with all contest entries. Board of Honor entries are not part of the contest.
How Scoring Works
- Scoring system used is Boone & Crocket. Scoring is managed by the Hoosier Record Buck Program.
- Certified measurers on hand for Pope & Young Club and Boone & Crockett Club qualifiers. If your trophy qualifies you will have an opportunity to enter it into an official record book (applies to Indiana bucks only as there is no Kentucky record book). The Hoosier Record Buck Program will walk you through that process (additional fees apply). For questions, email the Program Coordinator / Records Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org
All contest entries will be hung on display boards and must remain on display until released Sunday at 3:00 p.m. There are no check-outs whatsoever of any trophies between noon and 3:00 p.m. Sunday.
Early check-out (before noon Sunday) -- there will be a $10 early checkout fee per trophy. Early check-outs disrupt the measuring process and on Sunday disrupt the checking of entry lists to determine accuracy of filing, production of winner lists, and all other necessary wrap-up paperwork.
SHEDS-Measure-Only Non-Contest Entries
Just get an score of your shed(s). You will be required to buy a ticket to the expo and pay a $10 measuring fee per shed. There is no contest for sheds.
Early Checkout Fee
Single Sheds Measure-Only
Must buy ticket
Matched Sets Measure Only
Must buy ticket
All measure-only entries must also buy a ticket to the expo. Shed(s) will be measured only after all trophy contest entries have been measured. There shouldn't be a problem getting all "measure-only" trophies measured. Measuring crews in the past have been able to do so. The fee is returned if the shed(s) has not yet been measured when the attendee is ready to leave. No check-outs between noon and 3:00 p.m. Sunday.
How Matched Set Shed Scoring Works
With matched sets it’s impossible to know exactly the inside spread, therefore the total score will be the left shed and right shed combined. You can estimate the total gross score by adding what you think the inside spread is. You would of course have to take into account deductions. The measurers will not be estimating total gross score for you and they will not be making deductions. They will simply measure each single beam and add both of those beam scores together for a total score.
How Typical vs Non-Typical Shed Scoring Works
With sheds there is no guarantee that a deer is typical unless you absolutely know you have the matching typical antler, but even that is not guaranteed. The individual measurer will make the final judgement call if he or she feels the sheds should be entered as singles or as a matched set.
Trophy Deer Display – See a wide range of whitetail mounts from your area, taken by hunters just like you. Displayed with each mount will be the official net and gross scores, weapon used, year taken and county in which it was taken. Want to enter your trophy buck? CLICK HERE
Trophies of Grace Deer Display - The Trophies of Grace ministry originated in Pensacola Florida in 2002 when 24 men met for a cookout, prayed and planned monthly men’s Barn Meetings that featured free steak dinners, animal mounts, special music, a guest speaker sharing testimony and a clear presentation of the gospel. Since that time over 52,000 steak dinners have been served and over 2,900 lives have been given to Christ as a result of the Men’s Barn Meeting ministry which continues today. Trophies of Grace grew out of that success as God opened doors that’s allowed us to take our World Class Trophy Whitetail Deer Display “on the road”. In 2011 the Northern Division was established in Wisconsin to serve the upper Midwest and expansion teams are being added in additional states and areas. All of the deer that we will have on display are free range whitetails, and have been harvested with either a bow, crossbow, rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, car, train, sheds or were found dead. One thing they all have in common is that they are all amazingly big and beautiful. Don’t miss your chance to see this display.