FAQ For The Outdoor News Deer & Turkey Classic’s Antler Scoring

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Be 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 2019 Minnesota hunting seasons, bring it to the 2020 Outdoor News Deer and 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, the 2020 Outdoor News Deer and Turkey Classic offers an awesome opportunity to show off the fruits of your 2019 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 13-15 at our new venue- Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN – and you’ll be eligible for a host of other prizes, including a Gearhead Archery Compound Bow, Big Frig Cooler, and Hawk Treestands. (See the promo here!)

For those leaving racks for all three days, to be eligible for the drawing, the scoring entry fee ($20 includes admission) must be paid and the rack must be Minnesota-harvested (No high-fence). 2019 season racks, MN whitetail shed antlers, bear skulls, and moose and elk antlers are eligible. One entry is allowed per individual in the special three-day. The special drawing will be held at 1 p.m. at the Seminar Area B at the event.

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 15 (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.) Trophies that the M.O.M. 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  $20.00, that person will receive a three-day wrist band admission to the show. Pick up antlers after 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 15. The Deer and Turkey Classic awards ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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. Security staff at Canterbury Park will be on hand as well as site security cameras covering the entire exhibit area will be provided during the show.

For additional details on the 2020 Deer and Turkey Classic, visit the rest of the website. Outdoor News Staff looks forward to seeing you and your antlers at the 2020 Deer and Turkey Classic.

FAQ

• Who does the scoring? Scoring is conducted by the Minnesota Official Measurers, who are certified to score antlers for Pope & Young and Boone & Crockett.

• 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.

•What are the categories? There are 36 different categories, ranging from deer and moose sheds to bear kills.

• 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, scoring starts at 10 a.m. Friday and an hour before the main gates open on Saturday and Sunday of the Deer & Turkey Classic.

• Where do I bring my antlers? Do NOT bring your antlers to the main ticket gates! Look for designated signage at the Canterbury Expo Center for antler scoring.

• 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 or Saturday, and leave them on display until the awards ceremony is concluded on Sunday, you’ll be entered into a special drawing! Get more details here

• 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 security 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 15 from 3 to 5 p.m., Outdoor News will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons in every category. Final results will appear in Outdoor News. 1st place winners will also receive a prize if they are present at the awards ceremony.