Big bucks dominate annual contest

Hanks says next year could see smaller animals due to heavy snow fall this winter


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This year’s annual Boondock Sporting Goods Big Buck contest lived up to its name.

“It was unbelievable this year,” said Boondock’s owner Don Hanks.

Several mild winters, Hanks said, made for some huge entries in this year’s contest. The top four bucks this year scored higher than last year’s winner, Hanks said. In addition, the top 11 bucks scored more than 100 points.

“That’s a big deer,” he said.

Most of the biggest bucks this year came out of Kodiak, including the winner, a 108 1/4 point rack shot by Perry Nelson of Kodiak. Nelson was awarded a Ruger SR 556 rifle with a Pentax scope — prizes valued at $2,080.

This year’s average buck was over 90 points.

“That’s the highest average we’ve ever had,” Hanks said.

The top three spots all went to Kodiak Island hunters, with Gary Rozelle of Akhiok taking second and Kodiak’s Norman Lepschat in third.

Hanks said more bucks than usual this year were turned in by hunters from Southeast and Kodiak.

“It’s truly become a statewide contest,” he said.

This year’s top youth went to Seward’s Travis Amodo, whose 99 5/8 buck would have placed 12th overall.

Although this year’s entries were larger than usual, Hanks said he doesn’t think that trend will continue next fall. With 10 feet or more of snow already on the ground in Prince William Sound (and even Kodiak and Southeast experiencing tough winters), Hanks said he expects next year’s bucks to be harder to come by.

“Those deer are going to have a hard time surviving,” said Hanks, who gave out nearly $15,000 in prizes.

Hanks said the winning rack will be on display in his store at 17007 Eagle River Loop through Jan. 31.

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