Missouri Big Bucks ready for new entries

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Missouri hunters who have been waiting to enter deer in the Missouri Show-Me Big Bucks Club need wait no longer. The club is accepting applications again.

The club was founded in 1968. It is dedicated to recognizing trophy white-tailed deer and successful hunters and promoting sportsmanship. It also aims to help members obtain national recognition from the Boone and Crockett Club, the Pope and Young Club and the National Muzzle-Loading Rifle Association.

The club stopped accepting applications in 2004, when outdated record-keeping infrastructure made the process unmanageable. Now under new leadership and with a more efficient record-keeping system, the Club is accepting applications again.

"The Missouri Show-Me Big Bucks Club is back in business," said club Central Region Coordinator Larry Lueckenhoff. "A backlog of nearly three years of record entries has been processed, and the club is now accepting new entries."

The fee for registering trophy deer is $20. The shed-antler registration fee is $15. Successful entry of a deer in the record book confers membership in the club.

The club recognizes records in four categories: typical trophy deer, nontypical trophy deer, typical shed antlers and nontypical shed antlers. To qualify, typical trophies must measure at least 140 inches under to the Boone and Crockett measurement system. Nontypical trophies must measure at least 155 inches. Shed antlers must measure 60 inches typical or 70 inches nontypical. For measurement procedures, see boone-crockett.org/.

The club has accepted more than 8,000 records. Several hundred are in the relatively new, shed-antler catetgories. The top nontypical deer scored 333 7/8 inches, while the Missouri record typical measured 205 inches. The nontypical shed record currently stands at 111 6/8 inches, and the typical shed record is 98 inches.

Records are further divided among categories for hunters using high-powered rifles, bows and arrows, muzzle-loading rifles, pistols and crossbows during firearms deer season or under a medical exemption, as well as found or "picked-up" trophies.

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