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Big-Game Hunt Tournament - 2014



2014 Anson County Chamber of Commerce has succeeded in hosting the 17th successful Big Game Hunt tournament!

2014 Big Game Hunt Book           2013 Hunt Photos


Adult Buck - 1st - Brian Bishop

Adult Doe - 1st - Raymond Perrero, Jr.

Youth Buck - 1st - Garrett Sikes

Youth Doe - 1st - Payton Coble


  For more information, call 704.694.4181

Anson County Chamber of Commerce hosted the 17th Annual Big-Game Hunt tournament and it was one of the best ever! 

Brian Bishop of Atlanta, Georgia and Raymond Perrero Jr. of Indian Trail earned top honors in the buck and doe categories, in the tournament held Thanksgiving weekend.  Both of them earned prize money of $800 each.
Bishop’s 4-point, 153 pound buck was short of the record by just over 30 pounds set last year by Bron Hyatt, 184.7-pounds and 10 points.

Henry Ferguson Jr. of Matthews, placed second with a 7-point 148-pounder and pocketed $475, followed by Lee Efird of Kannapolis, 3-point 142-pounds, $350; Colby Zimmerman of Trinity, 10-point 139-pounds, $250; Jacob Thomas of Marshville, 8-point 138-pounds, $75; and Mike Edwards of Peachland, 8-point 133-pounds and a free 2015 tournament registration plus $75 daily prize.

Mr. Perrero weighed in a 119-pound doe to earn $800 in total prize money.  Hunter Williams of Marshville placed second with a 105-pounder for $500, followed by Brandon Surratt of Ansonville, 102-pounds, $375; Cody Haigler of Lancaster, 101-pounds and $200; Ronnie Mullis of Marshville, 100 pounds, $125; and Neil Conklin of Wadesboro, 100 pounds, $25 daily prize money and a free 2015 Big-Game Hunt registration. 

In the youth buck category, Garrett Sikes of Lilesville won top prize money of $300 with an 8-point, 160-pounder.  This buck actually beat the top buck in the adult category this year.  Nice job by Garrett. Kris Hill of Peachland took second place in the buck category winning $175 with a 4-point at 151-pounds followed by Caroline Ratliff of Oak Island, 8-point 112-pounds $100; fourth place was Wesley Barefoot of Raleigh, 3-point 98-pounds and $65 in prize money; and Bailey Wicker of Indian Trail with a 6-point, 98-pounder $15 daily prize and a free 2015 Big-Game registration.

Payton Coble of Mt. Gilead, won the youth doe category with a 103-pounder worth $300. The record for the youth largest doe of 115.3-pounds was set by Elizabeth Tarlton of Wadesboro in 2008.

Anthony Gurley of Monroe, placed second with a 100-pounder and won $175, followed by Donnie Coleman of Peachland, 91 pounds, $100; Cole Sikes of Polkton, 89 pounds, $75; and Michael Preslar of Norwood, $15 daily and a free 2015 registration for his 85-pounder.  The 2014 weigh-in breakdown listed 47 buck’s and 60 doe’s grand total of 107 deer.  Not the record but certainly a good harvest for the tournament.

The entire bay area of the Ansonville Volunteer Fire Department was available for the tournament and there was still standing-room-only at the banquet held on Saturday night.  Winners of the drawings include: Maddie Coble, youth gun; from the raffle, Ontoniel Miranda, Henry Big Boy 357 Mag Lever Action Rifle; Tommy Burr, Binoculars; Brandon Surratt, $100; Donnie Edwards, Charlotte Motor Speedway Truck Race tickets; from the card game, Garrett Griffin, Patio Heater; Allyson Lee, European Mount.   We had two pick boards this year and those winners included, Kevin Thomas, who won a deer feeder; Drew Thomas, won Tommy’s Taxidermy gift certificate; Mason Hyatt, won a Deer Feeder and Jonathan Albertson won a Stuffy’s Taxidermy gift certificate.  For the first time in the tournament a Silent Auction was also held and the winners of the five prizes were, Tim Knopp, a Ladies Gift Pack; Gary Sikes, a Home Speaker; Brandon Surratt, a Concealed Weapon Carry Class; Heather Lemmons, Bore Sighter; Kevin Hicks, 22 Long Rifle and Noah Carpenter, the Hoist.

Stacie Cato had the Ring Toss game again which seems to be a hit with all the little ones playing and winning prizes. Goody bags were also given out to all the kids.

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 record number of hunters this year, 350 to be exact, and I thank you all for participating,” 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, Lynn Thomas Grading, Tyson Foods,  Valley Proteins, Inc., Wesley Holbert Taxidermy, and Windstream, Bronze sponsors; 704 Outdoors, Anson Towing & Recovery, BB & T, Backwoods Hog Hunters, Lynn Clodfelter Attorney at Law, PNC Bank and McCollum Trucking & Grading, Take Aim Training Range and Village Pawn; Youth sponsors; Dale McRae Farms and Four a Loader Work, Youth Daily sponsors; Dennis Concrete Finishing and Kiker Resource Management LLC.  There were also a couple of Silent Sponsors this year and we certainly appreciate their support.

“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. Also back again this year was Jake Henry, Abby’s brother and Luke her husband, 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 kids 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 her husband and son Walter and Tyler Edwards and John Hyatt for cooking at the event this year. Edwards would also like to thank Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Refreshment Services, Wadesboro IGA and the Ansonville Volunteer Fire Department for allowing the event to be held at the fire department each year.

The 18th annual Big-Game Hunt Tournament will be held on Nov. 27-28 of 2015.  The Chamber is looking forward to another successful tournament! Best wishes for a great 2015 year!

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2014 Tournament Rules

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.