2016 Adult Buck - 1st - Carson Davis
2016 Adult Doe - 1st - Blake Leviner
2016 Youth Buck - 1st - Garrett Maner
2016 Youth Doe - 1st - Alan Dale McRae
Winners of the 19th Annual Big Game Hunt Tournament
The Anson County Chamber of Commerce hosted the 19th Annual Big-Game Hunt tournament and it was once again, a great success!
Carson Davis of Polkton, and Blake Leviner of Rockingham, earned top honors in the buck and doe categories, in the tournament held Thanksgiving weekend. Both of them earned prize money of $800 each.
Davis’s 8-point, 161.5 pound buck was shy of the record by 23 pounds set 2 years ago by Bron Hyatt, 184.7-pounds and 10 points.
Richard Allen of Peachland, placed second with an 8-point 150.5-pounder and pocketed $500, followed by Frank Curran of Polkton, 8-point 149.0-pounds, $375; Terry Wagner of Lexington, 9-point 138.0-pounds, $200; Bryan Tucker of Morven, 11-point 136.2-pounds, $75; and Michael Williams of Wadesboro, 8-point 134.9-pounds received a free 2017 tournament registration plus $25 daily prize money.
Leviner weighed in a 122.7-pound doe to earn $800 in total prize money and set a new record. Tracy Holmes has held the record since 2006 with a doe that tipped the scales at 119.1-pounds. Lynn Clodfelter of Norwood placed second with a 101.4-pounder for $475, followed by Alan Hildreth of Marshville, 101.4-pounds, $400; Alvin Bates of Peachland, 99.8-pounds and $200; Zac Tarlton of Wadesboro, 93.2-pounds, $125; and Jordan Lowery of Morven, 93.2- pounds, $25 daily prize money and a free 2017 Big-Game Hunt registration.
In the youth buck category, Garrett Maner of Wadesboro won top prize money of $300 with a 10-point, 155.2-pounder. Seth Gathings of Wadesboro took second place in the buck category winning $175 with a 8-point at 138.4-pounds followed by Jordan Sikes of Wadesboro, 8-point 132.2-pounds $100; fourth place was Sam Davis of Polkton, spike 114.1-pounds and $75 in prize money; and Garrett Sikes of Lilesville with an 6-point, 104.7-pounder $15 daily prize and a free 2017 Big-Game registration.
Alan Dale McRae of Wadesboro, won the youth doe category with a 91.0-pounder worth $300. The record for the youth largest doe of 115.3-pounds was set by Elizabeth Tarlton of Wadesboro in 2008.
Mason Dennis of Albemarle, placed second with an 75.8-pounder and won $175, followed by Cole Sikes of Polkton, 76.5-pounds, $100; Mallory Sikes of Wadesboro, 75.8- pounds, $75; and Jake Flake of Wadesboro who received $15 daily prize money and a free 2017 registration for his 75-pounder. The 2017 weigh-in breakdown listed 28 buck’s and 40 doe’s grand total of 68 deer.
The entire bay area of the Ansonville Volunteer Fire Department was available for the tournament and there was still standing room-only at the banquet held on Saturday night. Winners of the drawings include: Cole Sikes, youth gun; Youth Crossbows donated by Whitley Power and Equipment and Reel Determined Outdoors went to Abbey Hill and Jake Flake. Raffle Ticket winners, Henry Ferguson won the Tikka T3 Lite 30-06 with Scope; Chuck Horne won with Bushnell Deer Cam and Otoniel Miranda won $100. From Stretch Arm Strong, Alvin Bates won Deer Feeder and Tony Ricketts won a Deer Blind. There was only one pick board winner this year, John Albertson, who won the Yeti Cooler and Patio Heater. Split the Deck winners were Lane Thomas and Jimmy William. Thomas won a Marlin 308 and Williams won a CVA 270.
The kids’ games were a lot of fun again this year and all the little ones received goody bags.
The Anson County Chamber of Commerce, the tournament’s host, thanked all the hunters who participate each year and support this event. The tournament had another year with over 300 registered hunters.
The Chamber could not host this event without the generous tournament sponsors. They are as follows – Four A Loader Work & Woodsmen Forestry, Title sponsor; Uwharrie Bank, Banquet Sponsor; Gold sponsors; Cobb-Vantress, Duke Energy, Pee Dee Electric and Waste Connections, Silver sponsors; Lynn Thomas Grading, Tyson Foods, Valley Proteins, Inc., and Windstream, Bronze sponsors; Anson Towing & Recovery, Bates Law Firm, First Financial Bank, and Hill’s Taxidermy; Youth sponsors; Dale McRae Farms, Precision Saw Works, Whitley Power Equipment and Reel Determined Outdoors, Youth Daily sponsors; Dennis Concrete Finishing and Kiker Resource Management LLC.
Shelby Emrich the Chamber’s Executive Director stated that, “the Big Game Hunt tournament is very successful because of all of the great volunteers.” She thanked Jennifer Tarlton, Stephanie Wilson, Jake Ricketts, Brandon Ratliff, Ethan Pafford, Chance Emrich, Bailey Emrich, Madison Emrich, Caroline Goins, Holly Thomas, Ginger Phillips, Kamryn Phillips, Tiffani Campbell, Kurstin Hartsell, Hannah Ross, Danielle Lee and Laura Jo Lee. Emrich also thanked the “kitchen crew” Susan Thomas, Janice Lee and her Emrich Family; Marcia, Adam, Tommy and Karen. Emrich gave special thanks to the Chamber’s Board of Directors for all their support, to her husband Tim for all he did for the tournament, Courtney Webb for helping with ad sales for the program book and assisting on Friday. Emrich also thanked Robbie Hill, Carly Little and Heath Ricketts for all their help and support of the tournament. She also thanked those who donated door prize items; D & K Skull Mounts, Hill’s Taxidermy, H.W. Little, Pee Dee Electric, Duke Energy, Plank Road Realty, SPCC and Helms Farms. A thanks also goes to Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Refreshment Services, Wadesboro IGA and the Ansonville Volunteer Fire Department for allowing the event to be held at the fire department each year.
The 20th annual Big-Game Hunt Tournament will be held on November 24-25 of 2017. Best wishes for a great 2017 year!
- To participate in the 2016 Big-Game Hunt Tournament, hunters must register and pay their $35 entry fee by 6 p.m. on Monday, November 21, 2016. Late registrations will be taken only at the Anson County Chamber of Commerce office, 107-A East Wade Street, Wadesboro, up until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.
- Any person receiving winnings in this Tournament of $600 or more will receive a 1099 MISC form. It’s the law.
- Official hunting dates and times: November 25 and 26, 2016, during legal hunting hours. Weigh-ins will be held at the Ansonville Volunteer Fire Department, U.S. 52-South, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on the days of the tournament.
- Hunters may hunt anywhere in Anson, Montgomery, Richmond, Stanly or Union counties where they have legal rights to hunt. The Anson County Chamber of Commerce does not provide property on which to hunt and accepts no responsibility for providing property on which to hunt. There will be no hunting allowed on the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge.
- No game will be taken in an illegal manner. All rules and regulations of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission apply to all hunters.
- All legal weapons may be used including but not limited to bow and arrow, compound bow and arrow, rifles of legal caliber, and shotguns. Snaring and bludgeoning are not permitted.
- Game must be weighed and scored on the same day it is taken. No carry-over game is allowed.
- No injection of any substance for the purpose of adding weight is allowed.
- No person may win more than one daily prize per tournament and one tournament grand prize per tournament.
- Deer must be field dressed (i.e, gutted, with all internal organs removed, and head and hooves still attached). (Note: reproductive organs, mammary glands may remain.)
- Each hunter will be required to sign a legally-binding statement swearing under oath that he/she killed the deer he/she is entering. Prize winners may be subject to additional verification at the discretion of the Anson County Chamber of Commerce.
- All hunters under the age of 16 must have completed and passed a Hunter Education Course prior to this hunt or be under the supervision of a licensed hunter. A Hunter Education Course number is required on the entry form.
- Any attempts to alter the weight or otherwise violate any tournament rules or North Carolina hunt regulations will mean permanent disqualification from the Big-Game Hunt Tournament. Deer will be inspected at the time of the official weigh-in.
- Youths ages 10-15 will be allowed to compete for cash prizes in a special Youth Division ($20 registration fee). Cash prizes will be distributed for first, second, third and fourth place. No daily prizes will be awarded in the Youth Division (unless announced by tournament officials). Deer taken by youths registered in the Youth Division will not be eligible for any daily or grand prizes in the Big-Game Hunt Tournament.
- Youths (ages 10-15) may register ($35 registration fee) for the Big-Game Hunt Tournament and will be eligible for daily and grand prizes, but will not be eligible to compete for Youth Division prize money.
For more information on the 2016 Big-Game Hunt Tournament, call the Anson County Chamber of Commerce at 704-694-4181.