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Los Cazadores Deer Contest

Contest Rules & Regulations

29th Annual
Los Cazadores Deer Contest Rules and Regulations


2014 - 2015

1. Membership - There are three levels of membership: 1) the annual membership

at an annual cost of $35.00. 2) the special youth membership for 12 years old and under

is FREE these entrants will only compete within the Special Youth Division. Special

Youth entrants are not eligible for other divisions within the contest unless they pay the

annual membership fee of $35.00 prior to harvesting his/her animal. and 3) the special

lifetime membership for a onetime payment of $500.00. Annual memberships are from

June 1 through May 31 of the following year; regardless of which date within that twelve

months a person may have paid their membership cost. Persons shall register for

membership by mail, via the internet, or at our physical location in Pearsall, Texas. Only

one membership per hunter is required and only one award per hunter will be awarded for

qualifying entrants in the Los Cazadores Deer Contest. Persons may

however submit multiple entries for the contest.

 

2. Registration - A person is considered officially registered for Los Cazadores

membership at the exact time of day and the date that entry form and fee is actually

received by Los Cazadores through the mail or in person at a Los Cazadores

Headquarters location. If a person submits their registration form through the internet,

that person will be eligible for the Los Cazadores Deer Contest after six (6) hours have

lapsed since the time the person was actually entered into Los Cazadores membership.

Actual time of harvest of any wild game that is to be submitted for the hunting contest

portion of Los Cazadores must be after the recorded, official, registered entry time and

date (except for internet/credit card entrants, in which the six hour “wait period" must

have been met). All life members will be officially entered prior to the open registration.

Scoring the animals - To enter a trophy in the contest, the antlers of the trophy must be

scored by an approved Los Cazadores measurer. Animals will be scored during normal

Los Cazadores Store business hours. The contest will end with the close of Texas’ regular season. We will allow animals to be brought in two days after the final day of regular season, but must be harvested on the final day of the season or prior to that date. Boone & Crockett scoring guidelines will be used to determine scores except where otherwise noted. All bucks from Texas MUST HAVE the cape attached to the head. Any set of antlers that are submitted without the cape attached (skull cap and antlers only) will automatically be placed in the “Open Division”.

 

3. Contest Entry Divisions: There are Six (6) different divisions under which an individual

can enter an animal, as well as two overall winners. The overall and division winners are

as follows:

 

OVERALL WINNERS

*1st PLACE BEST ALL-AROUND*

This “Best All-Around” buck will be awarded to the highest ranking buck for the entire

contest. This ranking will be based on gross B&C score. Ties will be broken using the net B&C score.

 

*1st PLACE BEST TYPICAL BUCK*

This “Best Typical Buck” will be awarded to the highest net typical buck in the

entire contest. In the event of a “Tie”, the “Tie” goes to entrant who entered the contest first.

 

* Only Low Fence, High Fence, Archery, and Mexico will compete for BEST ALL-AROUND and BEST TYPICAL BUCK categories.

 

*Top 50*

The “Top 50” deer ranking will be from all bucks entered in the High Fence, Low Fence,

Mexico, Archery and Special Youth. Deer entered in the “Open Division” will not be

eligible for the “Top 50” ranking.

 

DIVISIONS:

Note: Hunters must enter the animal in the appropriate division where that animal

was harvested. Example: An animal harvested with a bow must be entered in the

“Archery” division not the “High Fence” or “Low Fence” divisions.

I. Low Fence Division - animals harvested in Texas from property with no game proof

fencing, or property that has at least one mile of its perimeter with no game proof

fencing.

II. High Fence Division - animals harvested in Texas from property that is completely

fenced with game proof fencing, or property that has less than one mile of non-game

proof fencing or less than one mile with no fencing; including animals harvested in nongame

proof fenced pastures that are within a property that qualifies for this division.

III. Open Division – This division includes all deer that have ever been in a regulated

breeding program and subsequently released and harvested by ANY means. The

definition of a regulated breeding program is any action that requires a Texas Parks and

Wildlife permit (Including DMP deer). ANY buck that has a noticeable tag hole or State

ID tattoo will automatically be placed in this division. Any buck from Texas that is

submitted without the cape attached to the head will also be placed in this division.

IV. Mexico Division - animals harvested in the country of Mexico will be eligible for this division (Please note new category changes in the Mexico Division)

V. Archery Division - animals harvested by bow and arrow, no fencing restrictions or

fencing requirements except for the Overall 1st Place winners. There will be a 1st Overall

Low Fence and a 1st Overall High Fence winner. Crossbows do not qualify as a bow and

arrow unless used by a person with a documented disability. Pope and Young Club rules

regarding the harvest of an animal apply to all entries.

VI. Special Youth Division – These entrants will only compete within the Special Youth

Division. Special Youth entrants are not eligible for other divisions within the contest

unless they pay the annual membership fee of $30.00 prior to harvesting his/her animal.

Any hunter that is 12 years of age or younger, as of September 1, 2014, will eligible for

this division. Every entrant in this division that is entered in the contest, that brings in an

animal that is included in the contest will receive an award and will be listed on the

official Los Cazadores leader board and website.

 

 

 

TROPHY JACKETS:

In the event of a “Tie” in the different categories, the highest gross scoring deer will be

awarded as the winner. See General Provisions # 10.

200+ The gross score must total 200 or more for consideration to be awarded a trophy

jacket in the Open division.

180+ The gross score must total 180 or more for consideration to be awarded a trophy

jacket in the High Fence division.

170+ The gross score must total 170 or more for consideration to be awarded a trophy

jacket in the Low fence and Mexico divisions.

160+ The gross score must total 160 or more for consideration to be awarded a trophy

jacket in the Archery division.

 

Open Division categories will only include: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Overall, Mr. Heavy, Widest

Spread, Most Points and Big 8 Point.

Mexico Division categories will only include: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Overall

 

4. Contest Award Categories –

A. Most Points – The total number of points measuring over one inch long. See rule #7 in

the General Provisions section.

B. Heaviest Buck- for "weight division" trophies, the whole, "field dressed" carcass must

be brought to the LOS CAZADORES HEADQUARTERS location for official weighing

(all entrails, including heart, liver, lungs, are to be removed and discarded PRIOR to

bringing carcass to Headquarters). Sexual organs and globules of "fat" may be left intact,

on/inside the carcass. In the case of a “Tie”, the winner will be the first person to

register into the contest.

C. Widest Spread – The greatest inside spread between both main beams maintaining a

right angle to the skull (measuring diagonally is not allowed).

D. “Mr. Heavy” - the scorer will combine four Boone & Crockett typical circumference

measurements on each main beam, and then total all eight measurements to arrive at the

total mass.

E. “Mr. Drop Tine” - a drop tine is considered any antler that comes off the main beam,

growing in a downward direction. Any point that appears to be a “burr point” or

originating from the base of the main beam will NOT be considered for this category. If

the drop tine turns upward and exceeds the level of either main beam it will NOT be

considered for this category. The length of the “single” longest drop TINE will

determine the winner. If a buck has multiple drop tines only the longest tine will be used

to determine the score. In case of a tie, gross score will be used to determine the winner.

F. Best Buck Women’s – Any female regardless of age is eligible for the Women’s

category, as well as any other contest category.

G. Best Buck Youth - Youth registrants, age 17 and under as of September 1, 2014, are

eligible for the youth category, as well as any other contest category.

H. Heaviest Doe- a doe is defined as an antlerless deer with female sexual organs.

I. Spike – the deer must have two individual main beam points. The combined total

length of both individual points will determine the winner.

J. Heaviest Wild Hog - the heaviest hog wins; "trapped" (then killed) wild hogs are not

eligible for entry in the CONTEST. Wild hogs that have been "pen fed", then released to

be killed on the run as free ranging animals are not eligible. For "weight division"

trophies, the whole, "field dressed" carcass must be brought to the LOS CAZADORES

HEADQUARTERS location for official weighing (all entrails, including heart, liver,

lungs, are to be removed and discarded PRIOR to bringing the carcass to Headquarters).

Sexual organs and globules of "fat" may be left intact on/inside the carcass.

K. Best Six Point Buck - the deer must be a typical 6 POINT buck having two main

beams, two G 1 points (brow tines) and having a total of four typical, "G" tines. A deer

that had apparently been a typical 7, 8, or 9 pointer that has a typical point (s) broken off

will not be considered a 6 point for this Contest category. ANY abnormal scoreable

points or broken points (one inch or more) will disqualify the buck from this category

The animal's Contest score will be the gross, typical B & C score.

L. Best Seven Point Buck - the deer must be a typical 7 POINT buck having two main

beams, two G 1 points (brow tines) and having a total of five typical, "G" tines. A deer

that had apparently been a "typical 7", but one of the G l's, G 2's, or G 3's is broken off

below the level of where a measurement can be taken (less than one inch), the buck will

still be considered an 7 pointer, not a 6 pointer. A deer that had apparently been a typical

8 or 9 pointer that has a typical point (s) broken off will not be considered a 7 point for

this Contest category. ANY abnormal scoreable points or broken points (one inch or

more) will disqualify the buck from this category. The animal's Contest score will be the

gross, typical B & C score.

M. Best Eight Point Buck - the deer must be a typical 8 POINT buck having two main

beams, two G 1 points (brow tines) and having a total of six typical, “G” tines. A deer

that had apparently been a "typical 8", but one of the G l's, G 2's, or G 3's is broken off

below the level of where a measurement can be taken (less than one inch), the buck will

still be considered an 8 pointer, not a 7 or 6 pointer. A deer that had apparently been a

clean, typical 9 point or 10 point that has a typical point(s) broken off will not be

considered an 8 point for this particular Contest category. ANY abnormal scoreable

points or broken points (one inch or more) will disqualify the buck from this category

The animal's Contest score will be the gross, typical B & C score.

N. Best Nine Point Buck - the deer must be a typical 9 POINT buck having two main

beams, two G 1 points (brow tines) and having a total of seven typical, “G” tines. A deer

that had apparently been a "typical 9", but one of the G l's, G 2's, or G 3's is broken off

below the level of where a measurement can be taken (less than one inch), the buck will

still be considered an 9 pointer, not a 8, 7 or 6 pointer. A deer that had apparently been a

clean, typical 10 or 11 point that has had a typical point(s) broken off will not be

considered a 9 point for this particular Contest category. ANY abnormal scoreable points

or broken points (one inch or more) will disqualify the buck from this category The

trophy's contest score will be the gross, typical B & C score.

Winners will be based upon full, gross B&C score, except as noted elsewhere within

contest rules. Except for a "full velvet" trophy, no deducts of any kind will be taken from

the animal's gross score. If a trophy brought in for scoring is in "velvet", it will be scored

with velvet. The velvet measured score will then be reduced by 2 percent to get the

"official" Los Cazadores Contest score. If the hunter chooses, he may "scrape the velvet

off' and have the antlers re-scored. If the antlers are scraped and re-scored, the "scraped"

score will be the official Los Cazadores score. Pieces of broken antler points that

obviously belong to a certain buck that are brought in (during the competition period) for

scoring, will be considered for measurement by Los Cazadores, on an individual basis.

Official measurements on any trophy to be entered must be turned in to the Headquarters

within 48 hours after the end of each respective season.

 

General Provisions:

1. The Los Cazadores Deer Contest entrant accepts responsibility for reading,

understanding, and following these Rules, and acknowledges that failure to comply with

and/or meet the rules is grounds for disqualification of membership for any particular

year. Persons who enter other persons in the Los Cazadores Deer Contest are responsible

for informing those persons of these Rules.

2. Any animal entered in this Contest is subject to an investigation of the circumstances

surrounding the harvesting of the animal, including requiring the entrant to submit to a

polygraph examination, if necessary.

3. Any deer entered into the Los Cazadores contest MUST be brought to the headquarters

in Pearsall, Texas to be formally entered into the contest. All bucks must have the hide

attached to the skull in order to be considered for entry (Mexico deer are the ONLY

exception to this rule). Any bare horns will automatically be placed in the “Open

Division”.

4. All deer, wild hogs, or turkeys submitted for entry in the Los Cazadores Deer Contest

must be harvested in accordance with rules/regulations of Texas Parks and Wildlife

Department, for TEXAS trophies, and in accordance with appropriate rules of respective

states in the country of MEXICO for Mexico entrants. Upon submitting a deer for

measuring and consideration as a prospective winner in the Contest, all data regarding the

 

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