The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) has announced the winners of the 2012 West Virginia Big Buck Contest, according to Gene Thorn, chairman of the West Virginia Big Buck Contest Review Committee.
The contest is co-sponsored by WVDNR, Izaak Walton League of West Virginia, West Virginia Bowhunters Association, West Virginia Muzzle Loaders Association, West Virginia Physically Challenged Advisory Board and Toyota to recognize sportsmen and women who take an extraordinarily big antlered buck in West Virginia.
This past year, 189 hunters had their deer antlers scored at one of the six WVDNR district offices, field offices, or the West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show in Charleston. Hunters entered 105 big bucks harvested with guns, muzzleloaders, bows, or crossbows (Class Y permit holders) which met the required minimum score for the 2012 Big Buck Contest.
Twenty-two bucks entered by gun hunters scored above 140 points (typical) or 165 points (non-typical). In the typical gun category, the winner was Michael Taylor, of Jumping Branch, with a 15-point buck harvested in Summers County that scored 169 5/8. There was no non-typical buck entered in the gun category this year that met the minimum score.
One muzzleloader hunter entered a buck that scored above 140 points (typical). No buck was entered that met the minimum 165 points for the non-typical category. William Crothers II, of Mineral Wells, entered a 14-point Wirt County buck that scored 173 0/8 that won in the typical muzzleloader category.
Bowhunters entered 65 deer that scored above 125 points (typical) or 155 points (non-typical). The winner of the typical bow category was Williamson’s Roger Maynard with a 15-point buck from Mingo County that scored 170 1/8. The non-typical bow category winner was Daniel Light, of Boomer, with a 17-point buck from Fayette County that scored 195 0/8. Light’s buck took over fourth position for non-typical bow kills in the list that ranks the top five buck scores for all time in West Virginia.