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Trying to keep it old school, deer hunters form contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DAVE BOEHLER   
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 17:22

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Ozaukee Press Staff
    Zac Cox missed the good ‘ol days.
    So the 34-year-old created a Big Buck Contest at Stony Hill Pub & Grub in Waubeka that concluded at the end of gun deer hunting season Sunday.
    The Saukville resident has been hunting for about 20 years, well before the Department of Natural Resources’ recent changes in tagging regulations.
    “Back in the day, you used to have to go to the local bar or local gas station to register your deer with the DNR,” he said. “Now, you can do it on your phone or on the Internet. So the whole driving your big buck into town, showing it off and having a beer with the guy that got the big buck and what not, those days are kind of gone and this kind of brings it back.”
    As a youngster, Cox remembers the big thing on Saturday night or Sunday during hunting season was going to the bar since that was the closest place to register your deer because they were authorized by the DNR.
    “Nowadays, you don’t have to do that,” Cox said. “There’s not so much of people coming to the local hangout and saying, ‘look at my deer.’”
     As a result, Cox and some friends tossed around the idea of starting a contest at Stony Hill since they always talked trash amongst themselves about who would get the biggest deer. Bars have similar contests for the Super Bowl (squares) or NCAA March Madness (brackets).
    “Now you’ve got your name up on the board with money behind it,” Cox said. “Now go out into the woods and prove it.”
    Some establishments hold similar contests, including Traditions Pub in Fredonia, but Cox says that usually consists of one category: biggest buck.
    Cox came up with three other categories, including most points, biggest inner spread and biggest doe.
    Each category cost $10 to enter and has its own winner. There was a scale in the back of Stony Hill for a live weigh-in Sunday, but only one person out of the 11 that participated in the contest shot a deer.
    Fredonia’s Andrew Helt, 34, won $200 for his 134-pound, 10-point deer that had an inner spread of 4 5/8 inches.
    “It kind of falls on par for what (the DNR) is saying for the numbers,” Cox said. “They say that this year, license sales for deer were down 10,000 tags and the harvest is down 10%. So, it kind of goes hand in hand. You’ve got 10 guys, only one guy got a deer, that’s 10%.”
    The lack of deer, however, will not deter Cox from bringing back and making improvements to his contest next season.

 
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