The 27th Annual Simmons Sporting Goods Big Buck Contest drew to an end Saturday as over $200,000 in prizes were given away. Hunters from across the state as well as from Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and Illinois were in attendance to see who won the various categories ranging from spikes, to youth, to archery and non-typical.
Cecil Reddick, regional director for Buck Masters, was on hand to score antlers which were brought in Saturday.
“The Simmons' Big Buck contest is the largest in the United States,” Reddick said. 'Just today we have scored about 90, and altogether, over 2,000 deer were scored.”
Miller Holt, 6, of East Carroll Parish placed second in the youth archery division with a 10 point deer that scored 168 1/8. He was excited about his win and was called on stage to help pick the winner of a new Ford F150 pick-up, which was donated by Hixson Ford. Everyone who entered the contest was eligible to win the truck; the only stipulation was they must be present to win. Three names were drawn before Jeff Plunkett of Jonesboro's name but he was the first one in attendance, so he will be driving the big, black truck.
All during the day, live music was played by Derek Barnes and door prizes were given out .The Bayou Bucks magazine was also on-handing filming.
The winner of the contest was Chris Lofton of Bolivar, Miss. His deer scored a 207 3/8. Lofton won a 4 wheeler, courtesy of Moeller's of Bastrop.
Other winners were: Cody Rodgers for largest spike; Chris Tully for largest 5-point; Noah Reeves for largest 6 point; Daniel Loup for largest 7-point; Donny Eames for largest 8-point; Delise Monotti for largest 9-point and in the women's division; Chris Lofton for largest Miss. deer; Billy Graham for largest Ark. deer; Collin Merritt for largest La. deer; Casey Young for largest non-typical in archery; CC Prine for largest non-typical in the open division; Joshua Bruce in the non-typical division; Zach Jones in the youth division; Heather White in the women's archery division; Eric Davis in the muzzleloader division; Gorden Still in the open archery division and in the open division; and Jimmy Marlette in the archery division.