big buck contest RULES

El Monstruo del Monte
Big Game Contest
2016-2017
Rules and Regulations
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All contestants must enter the El Monstruo del Monte Big Game Contest before harvesting their animal. A person will be considered entered when their entry fee is paid and the date and time is recorded at contest headquarters. Constants may enter online, in person, by phone, or mail. All entries must provide all the proper information on the contest entry form.

A contestant must have a valid Texas hunting license and all animals must harvested in accordance with TPWD rules and regulations. Failure to abide by these rules will be grounds for disqualification.

All animals entered into the contest must be harvested in the state of Texas. Failure to abide by these rules will result in disqualification.

All animals must be scored by an official El Monstruo del Monte scorer. Entries are to be weighed and scored at DF&G Wildlife Supply. If the animal is scored at another contest the director will make the decision to accept the score sheet or rescore the animal. If allowed the hunter must provide El Monstruo with a copy of the scoresheet and picture of the entry. If the director chooses to rescore the animal, the hunter must bring in the animal in or the entry will not be accepted.

The contest director reserves the right to re-measure any animal at any time and reverse the winner of the category.

A contestant may win more than one category, but not with the same animal. If a contestant wins more than one category they will be awarded only 1 contest jacket (clothing). All efforts will be made to award an additional item for additional placings.
The contest director reserves the right to choose the category an entry may be entered. That animal may be moved around into different categories at any time during the contest.
*New scoring hours: Entries will be scored only within DF&G Wildlife Supply’s business hours*

General Rules:

  • Animals harvested with a bow aren’t restricted to the Archery Division. Women’s and Youth are not restricted to those specific categories.
  • Animals that are submitted in velvet are subject to a 3% deduction in order to be eligible to be entered in the contest.
  • All entries must be submitted to the contest 48 hours after the end of the regular hunting season.

The Contest Director’s Decision is final.

Contest Divisions:

  • Low Fence – is for animals that are harvested from land of any size that has fences that are no taller than 5 feet that could be captive to the animal. If the property is surrounded by an escape proof fence on any side there must be at least 5000 feet of either no fence or one that is 5 feet or shorter. Any animal harvested in the low fence division is only allowed in that division.
  • High Fence – is for animals that are harvested from land that is surrounded by an escape proof fence (taller than 5 foot).
  • Archery – is for animals that are harvested by Bow & Arrow or Crossbow. No fencing restrictions apply except for 1st & 2nd Overall Low and High Fence. 
  • Scientific – is for animals that have been in a regulated breeding program and released and harvested by any means. The definition of a breeding program is any action that requires Texas Parks and Wildlife permitting. This division is for animals that were born or bred in captivity and subsequently released in the wild. Any animal that has a noticeable tag hole or ID tattoo will be placed in this divisions. Any animal without a cape attached to the head will be automatically placed in this division.
  • Youth – is for hunters that are 16 years of age or younger (at the start of season). No fencing restrictions apply except for 1st & 2nd Overall Low and High Fence.

Categories:

  • Out-of-State Residents – is for hunters that come to the state of Texas to hunt (non-Texas Residents).
  • Widest Spread – Animals will be measured for the greatest inside spread.
  • Heaviest Mass – Animals will be measures by the total of 5 circumferences on each side. The winner will be determined by the total of all 8 measurements.
  • Most Points – Animals will be measured by the total of all points 1 inch or longer. A point is considered a point when the length is longer than the base.
  • Longest Drop Tine(s) – Animals will receive credit for ALL down growing points. The winner will be determined by the total of all down growing scorable points.
  • Best 9 Point – Animals must have only 9 points, with no signs of broken points. Any animal that has 9 scorable points is eligible. If an animal has points broken it will not be allowed in this category, but is still eligible for other categories.
  • Best 8 Point – Animals must have only 8 points, with no signs of broken points. Any animal that has 8 scorable points is eligible. If an animal has points broken it will not be allowed in this category, but is still eligible for other categories.
  • Best 7 Point – Animals must have only 7 points, with no signs of broken points. Any animal that has 7 scorable points is eligible. If an animal has points broken it will not be allowed in this category, but is still eligible for other categories.
  • Best 6 Point – Animals must have only 6 points, with no signs of broken points. Any animal that has 6 scorable points is eligible. If an animal has points broken it will not be allowed in this category, but is still eligible for other categories.
  • Longest Spike – Animals must have only 2 points, with no signs of any broken points. The winner will be determined by the length of both antlers.
  • Heaviest Buck, Doe, and Hog – Animals must be dressed (all entrails removed). Winner is determined by the heaviest overall animal.