Thursday, January 01, 2009

The winner of the 2008 Big Deer Contest

© By Othmar Vohringer

The Big Deer Contest came to a close yesterday, January 31st, at exactly 12 pm Pacific Time zone. It took the computer only a few seconds to jumble the entry numbers and then spit out the winning number. But before I announce this years winner of the Big Deer Contest I would like to write a few words about the contest.

First of all a big thank you to everybody for entering the contest, each one of the entries was an amazing story and prove that our hunting heritage is well and alive. I am glad that I did not have to choose a winner, it would have been really hard to chose just one among the many inspiring entries. Although this was a contest, there are no losers here. Far from it. You’re all winners. You had experiences that will be edged into your memory forever and you came here to Whitetail Deer Passion and shared that memory with other hunters.

I was surprised to see how many young hunters entered the contest this year and this gives me hope for the future of our hunting heritage. With that many young and dedicated hunters our future is in good hands.

And now without further ado here is the recipient of this years prize, a DVD set of Whitetail Revolution generously donated by Versus Country TV. Congratulation to Robbie from Michigan, entry # 004.

Here for you all to read is his story again. All other entries can be read here.

It was November 15, 2008, and I was hunting with my Grandpa in Michigan. At 7:45, a buck walked out at 170 yards and I shot him. It looked like a nice buck, only after the shot, I couldn't tell what had happened. I radioed my Dad, and he advised me to wait a while before attempting to track it. At 8:00, I spotted another buck at 155 yards, which was a much bigger deer. I promptly brought up the gun, and shot him. He dropped, and I turned to my Grandpa and said, "He's down, and he's big, let's go get him!" It turns out, that both the deer were 8 points, and I had dropped them both! They were laying not 20 yards away from each other! The bigger buck will score around 120, and the smaller buck is one that I would be thrilled with, but he doesn't look as big next to the big one. So, after an hour of hunting, I have now been promoted/demoted to official deer driver.

I would like to thank my Grandpa, and my Dad for willingly sacrificing most of their hunting time to help a lot of kids (including me) go hunting.

Once again congratulations Robbie and a huge thank everybody that took part in this contest and congratulations to beautiful bucks you all got last year. My thanks also go to Versus Country for providing the prize for this years contest. I am already looking forward to next years Big Deer Contest.

A very Happy and Healthy New Year to all the readers of Whitetail Deer Passion

Your Othmar Vohringer
Othmar Vohringer Outdoors
Founding Member of Outdoor Bloggers Summit

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Anonymous said...

Sorry, I don't understand your deadline. If it is January 31 2009 how can you award the winner already? If it is Dec 31 2008, then it is a different story. If it closed on January 1st at the stoke of midnight (or something like that), then I understand. But you state the contest closed at January 31st at 12pm Pacific Time. 12PM, by the way is at noon, not midnight. It is January 13th today, and the contest is over.

Othmar Vohringer said...

I am sorry for the confusion but for reasons beyond my control I had to move the closing date forward from January 31, 2009 to December 31, 2008. To do the special circumstances I had no other options. However, I will make another contest later to accommodate all those that sent in entries for this contest.

Once again I am sorry but sometimes things happen in life that require a change of plans.


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