Big-Game Hunt Tournament
2014 Big-Game Hunt Tournament
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Anson County Chamber of Commerce has succeeded in hosting the 16th successful Big Game Hunt tournament!
Adult Buck - 1st - Shawn Mayhew
Adult Doe - 1st - Bud Ratliff
Youth Buck - 1st - Thomas Maness
Youth Doe - 1st - Zach Sikes
Shawn Mayhew of Indian Trail and Bud Ratliff of Wadesboro pulled off top honors in the buck and doe categories, in the 16th annual Big-Game Hunt Tournament held Thanksgiving weekend. Both of them earned prize money of $800 each.
Mayhew’s 9-point, 162.6-pound buck was short of the record by 22 pounds set last year by Bryon Hyatt, 184.7-pounds and 10 points.
Tim Boone of Wadesboro, placed second with a 7-point 159.0-pounder and pocketed $500, followed by Chris Eddins of Wadesboro, eight-point 145.2-pounds, $375; Cecil Sikes of Ansonville, eight-point 141.4-pounds, $225; Brian Bishop of Georgia, 6-point 135.9-pounds, $100; and Brett Sikes of Polkton, 11-point 131.3-pounds and a free 2014 tournament registration plus $50 daily prize. All bucks brought in this year seemed to weigh less than those from last year.
Ratliff weighed in a 107.8-pound doe to earn $800 in total prize money, but was a few pounds under the 2006 record doe of 119.1 pounds held by Tracy Holmes of Marshville.
Brian Allen of Peachland placed a very close second with a 107.3-pounder for $475, followed by Zach Smith of Wadesboro, 100.1-pound, $400; JR Perrero of Indian Trail, 99.4, $200; Cody Haigler of Lancaster, 98.9 lbs, $75; and Kevin Thomas of Polkton, 98.2 lbs. $25 daily prize money and a free 2014 Big-Game Hunt registration.
In the youth buck category, Thomas maness of Oakboro won top prize money of $300 with an 11-point, 150.1-pounder. Ryan Hill of Wadesboro took second place in the buck category and $150 with an 8-point at 141.3-pounds followed by Jonathan Albertson of Matthews, 6-point 120.5-pounds $90; fourth place was Hunter Williams of Marshville, 5-point 115.2-pounds and $100 in prize money; and Katherine McRae of Wadesboro, with a 5-point, 115.1-pounder $15 daily prize and a free 2014 Big-Game registration.
Zach Sikes of Lilesville, won the youth doe category with an 89.1-pounder worth $300. The record for the youth largest doe of 115.3-pounds was set by Elizabeth Tarlton of Wadesboro in 2008.
Alan Dale McRae of Wadesboro, placed second with a 87.4-pounder and won $175, followed by Will Edwards of Peachland, 86.5, $100; Wesley Barefoot of Raleigh, 84.9, $75; and Mike Preslar of Norwood, $15 daily and a free 2014 registration and a $15 daily prize. The 2013 weigh-in breakdown listed 27 buck’s and 69 doe’s grand total of 96 deer.
The entire bay area of the Ansonville Volunteer Fire Department was available for the tournament again this year and there was still standing-room-only at the banquet held on Saturday night. Winners of the drawings include: Carson Sikes of Polkton, youth gun; Clint Taylor of Monroe, 308 Winchester Axis Rifle and Scope Combo; Leslie Dennis of Polkton, Scope; Patrick Jarman of Wadesboro, $100; Curt Howell of Norwood, Rifle; Jeff McCormick of Polkton, Patio Heater and Dane Edwards of Peachland, took home a Deer Feeder.
Stacie Cato had the Ring Toss game again which seems to be a hit with all the little ones playing and winning prizes.
Lynn Edwards, executive director of the Anson County Chamber of Commerce, the tournament’s host, gave a “huge thanks” to the all the hunters who participate each year and support this event. “We had several new hunters again this year and I welcome all of you to our tournament,” Edwards commented.
Edwards thanked the tournament’s sponsors – Buck Shot Deer Processing, Title sponsor; Uwharrie Bank, Banquet sponsor; Gold sponsors; Cobb-Vantress, Duke Energy, N.C. Electric Membership Corp., Pee Dee Electric and Waste Connections, Silver sponsors; Locust Lumber, Tyson Foods, Village Pawn and Windstream, Bronze sponsors; 704 Outdoors, Anson Towing & Recovery, BB & T, Backwater Taxidermy, Lynn Clodfelter Attorney at Law, Lynn Thomas Grading, PNC Bank and McCollum Trucking & Grading, Youth sponsors; Dale McRae Farms and Four a Loader Work, Youth Daily sponsors; Dennis Concrete Finishing and Kiker Resource Management LLC.
“The Big Game Hunt tournament is very successful because of our great volunteers,” Edwards said, singling out Marty Cato, Courtney & Jamie Webb, Abby Henry, Jessica Webb and helping out again this year, Jake Henry, Abby’s brother and Chance Emrich. Also joining our volunteers this year Meagan and Dempsy Sellers. “These special people give many hours to the tournament and I am most appreciative of their support,” Edwards stated. She also expressed the outstanding effort that Marty Cato puts into this event each year. “Marty is a special person who simply loves hunting and puts a lot of energy into our tournament. Without him this event would not be what it is today,” Edwards said. She also thanked Russell Sikes and Walter Edwards her husband, for cooking the great meal. Edwards would also like to thank Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Refreshment Services and the Ansonville Volunteer Fire Department for allowing the event to be held at the fire department each year.
The 17th annual Big-Game Hunt Tournament will be held on Nov. 28-29 of 2014. The Chamber is looking forward to another successful tournament next year! Hope you all have a safe and Happy Christmas season!
1. To participate in the 2014 Big-Game Hunt Tournament, hunters must register and pay their $35 entry fee by 6 p.m. on Monday, November 24, 2014. Late registrations will be taken only at the Anson County Chamber of Commerce office, 107-A East Wade Street, Wadesboro, up until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
2. Any person receiving winnings in this Tournament of $600 or more will receive a 1099 MISC form. It’s the law.
3. Official hunting dates and times: November 28 and 29, 2014, during legal hunting hours. Weigh-ins will be held at the Ansonville Volunteer Fire Department, U.S. 52-South, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on the days of the tournament.
4. Hunters may hunt anywhere in Anson, Montgomery, Richmond, Stanly or Union counties where they have legal rights to hunt. The Anson County Chamber of Commerce does not provide property on which to hunt and accepts no responsibility for providing property on which to hunt. There will be no hunting allowed on the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge.
5. No game will be taken in an illegal manner. All rules and regulations of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission apply to all hunters.
6. All legal weapons may be used including but not limited to bow and arrow, compound bow and arrow, rifles of legal caliber, and shotguns. Snaring and bludgeoning are not permitted.
7. Game must be weighed and scored on the same day it is taken. No carry-over game is allowed.
8. No injection of any substance for the purpose of adding weight is allowed.
9. No person may win more than one daily prize per tournament and one tournament grand prize per tournament.
10. Deer must be field dressed (i.e, gutted, with all internal organs removed, and head and hooves still attached). (Note: reproductive organs, mammary glands may remain.)
11. Each hunter will be required to sign a legally-binding statement swearing under oath that he/she killed the deer he/she is entering. Prize winners may be subject to additional verification at the discretion of the Anson County Chamber of Commerce.
12. All hunters under the age of 16 must have completed and passed a Hunter Education Course prior to this hunt or be under the supervision of a licensed hunter. A Hunter Education Course number is required on the entry form.
13. Any attempts to alter the weight or otherwise violate any tournament rules or North Carolina hunt regulations will mean permanent disqualification from the Big-Game Hunt Tournament. Deer will be inspected at the time of the official weigh-in.
14. Youths ages 10-15 will be allowed to compete for cash prizes in a special Youth Division ($20 registration fee). Cash prizes will be distributed for first, second, third and fourth place. No daily prizes will be awarded in the Youth Division (unless announced by tournament officials). Deer taken by youths registered in the Youth Division will not be eligible for any daily or grand prizes in the Big-Game Hunt Tournament.
15. Youths (ages 10-15) may register ($35 registration fee) for the Big-Game Hunt Tournament and will be eligible for daily and grand prizes, but will not be eligible to compete for Youth Division prize money.
For more information on the Big-Game Hunt Tournament, call the Anson County Chamber of Commerce at 704-694-4181.