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In the past, scoring was done under the typical scoring system, but a number of monster racks were getting beat out after deductions for non-typical points were taken.

"The contest has always been about the biggest buck entered," McCutcheon said.

"We agree with the rules for Typical & Non-Typical Classifications in the B&C scoring system, but we feel that a non-typical is at a disadvantage when scored under the typical scoring system. So, this year all deer entered into the contest will be scored and prizes awarded for their Gross B&C Score, before deductions, regardless of their classification."

With close to $10,000 in prizes offered, this year's contest has the most value ever offered, so I would strongly recommend all local hunters sign up for this one. Registration is just $20 with a $5 handling fee if you mail in your registration, or you can sign up at one of the supporting businesses listed below for the flat $20. The deadline to enter is Oct. 16.

This year's grand prize is a custom NYWC MDM 50 Cal. muzzleloader, plus a fully guided Whitetail Deer Hunt to the Bear's Lair, New Brunswick, Canada; Dinner for two at the NYWC Awards Banquet and a NYWC fleece vest.

Categories include: By Gun: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place; By Bow: 1st & 2nd place; By Muzzleloader; By a Woman; By a Youth (19 years old or less).

The scoring session will take place at the Waterhouse Restaurant in Lake Luzerne on Jan. 3 and all potential winners should have their deer scored before or at this session.

No bucks taken by bow were scored last year, so cumulative prizes in that category will be valued at more than $2,000.

A complete list of contest rules are on the registration form and our web-site www.nywhitetailclassic.com.

John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications and an avid outdoorsman. He can be reached at johng@denpubs.com.

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