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Best buck winner 2017

In this file photo, last year's Best Buck Contest winner, Tom Jennings, poses with his buck killed on opening weekend of fall rifle season. Jennings took home a new ATV for winning the contest, and you could do the same this year.

How would you like to take home a nice big buck and a new ATV this deer season? Or maybe a nice buck and up to $1,000? The Daily Journal is making it possible once again.

For the third time, the Daily Journal is sponsoring an annual online Best Buck Contest. First place prize this year will be a 2018 Polaris Sportsman 570 ATV valued at approximately $7,000 courtesy of Midwest Sports Center.

New this year is a second and third place prize packages. Second prize will be a $500 gift card courtesy of Sam Scism Ford and $500 in prizes from Dunn's Sporting Goods.

The third place winner will take home a $500 gift card from Hood's Discount Home Center of Farmington and $250 gift card from Ozark Thunder Indoor Gun Range.

The online competition began Nov. 5 with entries being accepted until Nov. 26. Go to and look for the contest tab or click on the Best Buck Contest ad. Upload the photo of you and your buck harvested this year. 

Then on Nov. 27 voting will begin and run through Dec. 7. The photo with the most votes will win first place with the hunter taking home the new ATV. The first runner up will win the second place package, and the second runner up will win the third place prizes.

Find contest rules and deadlines on the contest entry form online. The deer can be taken by any legal method. 

The winners will be announced sometime the week of Dec. 8. 

Now all you have to do is get out and hunt, snap a photo of that big buck you harvest, submit it in the contest and get your friends and family to vote for you. 

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