The Outdoor News Deer & Turkey Classic will continue the state's grand tradition of showcasing Minnesota's top white-tailed deer and other big game. The Minnesota Official Measurers will bring their team of scorers for *free scoring of deer and other Minnesota big game.

Come to the show and see all the greatest deer Minnesota produced from 2017 as well as incredible bucks from past seasons.

*Only game taken in Minnesota will be scored. Absolutely no animals taken in a high fence allowed.

GET YOUR TROPHY SCORED, WIN SOME PRIZES

Be a part of Minnesota white-tailed deer hunting history and include your trophy in the biggest display of state bucks in one place. If you took a mount-worthy buck during one of the 2017 Minnesota hunting seasons, bring it to the 2018 Outdoor News Deer & Turkey Classic. The goal of the event is to showcase your trophy for the entire weekend, plus, you have a chance to win ribbons and great prizes.

Yes, it's an awesome opportunity to show off the fruits of your 2017 deer-hunting labors. But, even more importantly, getting a rack scored at the Classic could mean big prizes, too, including a Muddy Outdoors Boss XL hang-on treestand.

And bring your antlers in for all three days of the show - scheduled Friday through Sunday, March 9-11 at the State Fairgrounds' Warner Coliseum in St. Paul - and you'll be eligible for a host of other prizes, including trail cameras, hunting knives, a backcountry Rambo power bike, and much more.

For those leaving racks for all three days, to be eligible for the drawing, whitetail antlers need a minimum gross score of 140. Shed antlers are not eligible, but bear skulls and moose and elk antlers are eligible. The drawing will be held at 2 p.m. at the Outdoor News booth.

The Muddy treestands will be awarded for first place in each of the 36 categories, but winners must be on hand for the awards presentation on Sunday, March 11 (at 3 p.m.) to receive their stand (winners also receive a blue ribbon). The top three finishers receive ribbons.

Staffers from the Minnesota Official Measurers will be on hand scoring antlers all three days of the Classic. The scoring office will open early each day of the show - Friday at 10 a.m., Saturday at 8 a.m., and Sunday at 9 a.m. (note Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 11.) Trophies that the MOM staff scores also can be entered into the organization's state recordbook, "Big Game Records of Minnesota."

Those planning to show their trophy antlers this year may bring them to the event on Friday and leave them for the entire weekend. If the owner of a trophy rack intends to display the antlers for the duration of the three-day show, the registration form for the antlers will be stamped, and by paying for a one-day admission, that person will receive three-day admission to the show. Simply pay for a one-day admission ticket on Friday, then if you leave your antlers, you'll receive a wrist band as a three-day admission. Pick up antlers after 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Deer and Turkey Classic awards ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11.

Those intending to bring their big-game trophy antlers to the Deer and Turkey Classic should rest easy in the knowledge that those prized possessions will be in good hands. The State Fairgrounds are policed year-round, and added security is provided by State Fair officials during weekend shows at Warner Coliseum.

For more, see the ad below. Outdoor News staff looks forward to seeing you and your antlers at the 2018 Deer and Turkey Classic!

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On Sunday, March 11 from 3 to 5 p.m., Outdoor News will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons in every category, and Outdoor News subscription and cap will be given to the first place winners in each division. When you attend the awards ceremony on Sunday the first place winners will receive the Boss XL hang on tree stand from MUDDY (must be present to win stand). The award ceremony will be on Seminar Stage B, with company President Rob Drieslein hosting. Final results will appear in Outdoor News.

The Measurers at the show are certified to score antlers for Pope and Young, and Boone & Crockett among other scoring systems.

FAQ FOR THE OUTDOOR NEWS DEER & TURKEY CLASSIC'S ANTLER SCORING

Who does the scoring? Scoring is conducted by the Minnesota Official Measurers, who are certified to score antlers for Pope & Young and Boone & Crockett, among other scoring systems. What does it cost? The actual scoring is FREE.

Can I get into the record book? "Big Game Records of Minnesota" For typical scores, the minimum threshold is 125 for an archery kill, 135 for a muzzleloader kill, and 140 for a gun kill. For nontypicals, the minimum requirements are 155 for archery, 160 for muzzleloader entries, and 165 for gun kills. A fee, which is handled exclusively through the Minnesota Official Measurers, applies. $20 per mounted rack, or to enter a shed it's $8, or $15 for a matching set. The hunter receives a ribbon and a certificate.

What are the categories? There are 36 different categories, ranging from deer and moose sheds to bear kills. See full list at top right of this page.

How long does it take? The process for dropping off antlers to be scored and then picking them up has been streamlined over the years, though depending on the number of people waiting, it can take up to 90 minutes. For this reason, the scoring starts an hour before the main gates open each day of the Deer & Turkey Classic

Where do I bring my antlers? Those bringing trophies for scoring should enter the coliseum from the northwest side. Do NOT bring your antlers to the main ticket gates! What does the process involve? The first thing hunters will do is fill out paperwork (three copies of the paperwork will be produced - one of which you will keep), at which point they will wait their turn to have their antlers scored.

The measurers will be measuring as fast as possible, while taking extreme care to ensure accuracy. If there is a question about how something is scored, several scorers will collectively make the judgment call.

After each trophy is scored, they'll pencil in a score on the back of the trophy mount, and then the scoresheet is entered into a database. The trophy then goes to the floor of the show, where it is displayed. Why should I leave my antlers on display all three days of the event? If you bring your antlers in for scoring on Friday, and leave them on display until the awards ceremony is concluded on Sunday, you'll not only receive a wristband good for re-entry to visit the shows each day without paying additional admission, you'll also be eligible for special drawings. Those who leave their antlers for the duration of the show receive a wristband, which will give you access to re-enter the show throughout all 3 days of the event.

How do I pick my antlers up? There will be a designated trophy pickup spot at the event. Participants will need their original sign-in paperwork to retrieve their antlers. That's a security measure to ensure the right folks receive their antlers. With the crowd of people, somebody could get hurt or the chances of a trophy being dropped and broken increase - for this reason once antlers have been picked up, they must leave the show immediately.

If I leave my antlers on display, what assurances do I have that they'll be safe? The venue will be tended to 24 hours a day by the Minnesota State Fair Police during the Outdoor News Minnesota Deer & Turkey Classic. According to the Minnesota Official Measurers, in all of the years since MOM began scoring antlers at sports shows, no set of antlers has ever gone missing.

Can I win something? On Sunday, March 11 from 3 to 5 p.m., Outdoor News will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons in every category. The awards ceremony will be on Seminar Stage B, with company President Rob Drieslein hosting. Final results will appear in Outdoor News.