Big Buck Tournament begins Nov. 28

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Culberson County and the town of Van Horn will again conduct their popular Trans-Pecos Big Buck Tournament from Nov. 28-Dec.15, said an AgriLife Extension contest official.

Lainie Koch, AgriLife Extension agent in Culberson County, said the Van Horn Convention Center will serve as tournament headquarters and will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. during the week of the contest except Dec. 15, the final day of the activities when the hours will be shortened to 9 a.m.-noon.The convention center is located at 1801 W. Broadway in Van Horn.

“We have nine categories that include other species besides mule deer,” Koch said. “They will include two mule deer buck categories for animals taken north and south of U.S. Interstate-10, both Boone and Crockett contests; a youth category, for hunters 16 years old and under; and categories for the greatest antler spread, most points and heaviest dressed weight. There will also be an Aoudad sheep category and categories for heaviest dressed weight javelina and heaviest dressed weight feral hog.”

Registration is $45 for adults and $25 for youth, plus an additional $15 for the feral hog and javelina competitions. Koch said a group rate –pay for four mule deer entries and get the fifth one free is again being offered this year.

“Contestants must remember to be sure they enter before hunting, because the actual time of harvest must be after the recorded official entry time and date,” Koch said.
“All trophy animals entered must be taken in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department,” Koch said. “Mule deer must be taken only from West Texas in the region west of the Pecos River.

“Hunting season means a lot to us out here, it creates a huge economic boost, not only to our community, but to the whole region as well,” she said. “The Trans-Pecos Big Buck Tournament is our way of saying thanks to the hunting public, while also providing them with some recognition. The tournament has never been a fundraiser, and any proceeds we glean go back to the tournament for next season.”

For more information, contact Koch at 432-284-0048, [email protected] .