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2012-13 Coues Buck Contest

October 28, 2012 by CouesWhitetail in Featured, Site News with 0 Comments

Fall/Winter 2012/2013 Coues Whitetail Buck Contest will again be sponsoring a COUES BUCK CONTEST for the seventh year.  The contest’s purpose is to garner interest in hunting Coues whitetail and this website, and to share our hunt successes and pleasures from chasing the gray ghost.
This contest will be open to registered forum members of and their immediate families living in the same home (i.e. husband, wife, son, daughter, sister, brother).  Deer must be taken legally from Arizona, New Mexico and/or Mexico during the August 2012-February 2013 seasons.  If you have multiple tags from different states or reservations, you may enter deer from each hunt.

Contest Categories (17):
Youth (ages 10-17) – largest Coues buck
 Youth (ages 10-17) – smallest Coues buck
Youth Archery (ages 10-17)- typical and nontypical together
Archery- Highest P&Y gross Typical frame Coues
Archery- Highest P&Y gross Non-typical Coues
AZ&NM rifle- highest gross B&C Typical frame Coues
AZ&NM rifle- highest gross B&C Non-typical Coues
Mexico rifle- highest gross B&C Typical frame Coues
Mexico rifle- highest gross B&C Non-typical Coues
Smallest Spike Coues buck
Smallest 3-Point Coues Buck (not counting eye guards)
Best Field Photo of Harvested Deer (aka “Hero/Trophy” Photo) – Based on composition    & quality of photograph, not antler size.     All contest photos will automatically be considered for this category.    This post may help with the taking of your photo:
Best Spirit-of-the-Hunt Photograph
– Captures the spirit and moment of the hunt.  These   may include photos of packing, hiking, glassing, camp, scenery with hunters, etc.   Photos may be taken while helping others on their Coues hunts.   (Field photos of harvested deer are excluded).
Best Photo Essay of the Hunt– Best pictured story of your hunt with various quality   photographs being supported by a well-written story.
Best Hunt Video-share your hunt through video with up to a 10 minute edited version.
Best Junior Hunt Story as written by the Junior Hunter
General Drawing– those entrants not winning a prize in one of the categories will be   entered in a drawing for prize.

Registration.  There is no registration to send in.  Anyone who is a registered forum member BEFORE their hunt season starts is automatically eligible to enter the contest.

Entry Fees & Prize Donations.  There is no fee required to enter the contest.  You may wish to donate a piece of hunting equipment as a prize.  Prize donations are not required, but are appreciated.  You may also send a small financial donation to help with shipping or purchasing of the prizes.  To donate financially, please send the money through PayPal on the home page and note that it is for the contest.  Please contact Doug/Red Rabbit if you wish to donate an equipment prize.  Prizes awarded, and the number of contest places, will depend upon the number of prizes donated.

To enter your deer: Post your field photo and hunt story in the appropriate forum. Then, E-mail Doug/Red Rabbit the following: 1)   field photo of you and your deer 2)   gross B&C/P&Y score 3)   link to the story you posted.  4)   your phone number an USPS shipping address in case you win or need to be contacted.  Amanda and Doug will post pictures on the home page and in this contest thread.  Doug’s email address is dkoepsel @ (remove spaces). If you do not post a story, photo, and email the info to Doug/Red Rabbit, you will not be entered in the contest.  If you just wish to share your hunt but not enter the contest, then do not send Doug your link, photo and score.

Scoring your deer.  Amanda has a nice “how-to” on the home page complete with photos, instructions and downloadable score sheets.  Again, the gross score is needed for this contest.  Do not add any non-typical point lengths for the typical category.  If the deer is a “spike”, submit just the lengths of the two spikes.
Entry photos with info/story must be posted in the forums and e-mail received by Doug/Red Rabbit by Feb. 15, 2013.


Prizes (we will continue to add prizes to the list as they come in.  Thank you to those that donate!)


$500 off an elk shoulder mount (or can be applied to any other type of taxidermy work) by Dan Lee at Artist Touch Taxidermy.  There is no expiration date on this offer.


10 day rental of Swarovski Spotting Scope or 15×56 Bino and tripod, including shipping (retail value $240) donated by


   Covert-trail-camera-CA-3Covert Trail Camera donated by Read more about these cameras.

Bobby Boido (aka luckysob) of A-1 Mattress is donating a camping pad which can range in size from a cot to a RV size bed, up to 60×75. Value up to $375.


Gila Outdoor has donated $100 gift certificate.



Sportsman’s Warehouse has donated $100 worth of Gift Cards (4 – $25 cards).


coues-wall-art  Coues shed wall art created and donated by Mike Grootegoed and Dan Lee


  Jeff Mortensen (aka Nontypical Solutions) has donated an elk antler night light.  These are hand made from elk antler bases with an antler carved into them which lights up when the light is on.

  Two Havalon Knives donated by plus 1 Havalon Knife donated by TJ and Peg Joiner



havalon-scrimshaw Piranta Edge knive with deer scrimshaw handle plus case and blades donated by Roger and Ilene Hailey


RMEF-knive-and-DVD  Rocky Mtn Elk Foundation Knive and 2 hour hunting DVD donated by Roger and Ilene Hailey

folding-knife Folding knife by specialty knives donated by Roger and Ilene Hailey


Doug Koepsel (aka Red Rabbit) has donated an 11×14 matted print of one of his outstanding photos.

CAMO 5 footer-resized  5 foot camo LOOP ROPE donated by LOOP ROPE


Cameraland donated 5 hats, four coffee mugs with cameraland logo.


Phil Cramer (aka cramerhunts) with Boart Longyear has donated a dozen camo hats.


hunting-time-tshirt-XL  XL Hunting Time tshirt

angle-measuring-device Two angle measuring devices for long range shooting.  Simple and lightweight….donated by Blue Ridge Hunting Accessories


5 Tshirts donated by….winner selects style, color and size.


coffee-mug-with-pewter-eagl Travel Coffee Mug with pewter Eagle emblem on it.


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