The Georgia Big Deer Contest is the oldest continuously operating big-deer competition in the state. It’s not the only contest, but it does have the longest uninterrupted history. Georgia’s DNR founded the annual contest back in 1968 for deer harvested during the 1967 season. Deer hunting was just making a comeback after years of restocking efforts by DNR, and the contest was a means of recognizing some of the larger animals harvested.
For the 2015-16 season, there were 55 entries, and the winners were recognized at the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association’s annual conference last month. They sponsor the contest along with GON, Georgia DNR and the Southern Company.
Rules for the contest will be published in an upcoming issue of GON.