Ohio Trophy Deer Contest & Displays
Trophy Contest

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.

Entry Times
Friday 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 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.

Pricing

Trophy Deer Contest (to be officially scored)- $20

  • Includes unlimited admission to all 3 days of the expo for 1 person

Trophy Deer Contest (already pre-scored) for display only- $10

  • Includes unlimited admission to all 3 days of the expo for 1 person
  • If your deer is pre-scored, you must provide proof of official score and present official score sheet

Early removal fee- $10

  • Trophies must remain on display through the close of the show on Sunday. If you need to remove the trophy prior to this time, a $10 fee applies.

Any additional tickets you need for family and friends can be purchased at the door or online with a discount in advance.

Getting There

Parking

TBA

Registration

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 Buckeye Big Buck Club 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.

Weapon Type:

  • Was your deer taken with Firearm, Archery, Crossbow or Muzzleloader?
  • There will be separate divisions for each.

Year Harvested:

  • 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?

Points:

  • 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.

Rules

Eligibility Rules

  • Ohio 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 4:00 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.

How Scoring Works

  • Scoring system used is Boone & Crocket. Scoring by members of the Buckeye Big Buck Club (www.buckeyebigbuckclub.org)
  • 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. The Buckeye Big Buck Club will walk you through that process (additional fees apply).

Checkout Procedures

Checkout Process

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 Checkouts

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.

Measure-Only Non-Contest Entries

Overview

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.

Pricing:

Participation
Fee
Admission Ticket
Total
Early Checkout Fee
Measure-Only
$20
$15
$35
N/A

If you would like your non-whitetail to be displayed for others to see let a member of Buckeye Big Buck Club 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.

SHEDS-Measure-Only Non-Contest Entries

Overview

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.

Participation
Fee
Admission Ticket
Early Checkout Fee
Single Sheds Measure-Only
$10
Must buy ticket
N/A
Matched Sets Measure Only
$20
Must buy ticket
N/A

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.