By Kelli Ameling
The annual Big Buck Contest produced another successful event for its 18th year, with organizers crediting the local community.
“This year’s contest went very well,” said Jason Isaak, committee member for the Big Buck Contest. “We had great support from the community and surrounding areas.”
The event took place Feb. 5 in Beulah and hosted more than 40 participates who competed for the best rack in three categories – white tail, mule and youth.
“We have our Six Shooter Raffle, card/bucket raffles and Little Shooters BB Gun Giveaway along with the scored racks, so there is fun for all ages,” Isaak said.
Racks in each category were entered into the con- test from the November 2021 hunting season said Beaver Brinkman, treasurer of the Beulah Convention and Visitors Bureau. From there, the racks are scored and seven winners are announced in each category.
“The (contest) was really good,” Brinkman said. “We had some really unique racks this year.”
ADULT WHITETAIL DEER
The winners for the adult whitetail deer contest were Logan Kress, Blaine Huff, Cameron Cook, Justin Bratlie, Steven Wick, Tallysa Carufel and Chris Satnan.
ADULT MULE DEER
The winners for the adult mule deer contest were Shay Olson, Joey Huss, Jacob Levi, Eric Klindworth, Andrew Sampsel, Levi Flemmer and Shayel Yeager.
YOUTH MULE DEER
The winners for the youth mule deer contest were Coye Steffan, Bleu Wanner, Grant Orgaard, Riley Faulkner, Hank Wanner and Shane Schmidt.
YOUTH WHITETAIL DEER
The winner of the youth whitetail deer contest was Mattea Hysjulien.
Other prizes included guns, pistols, grills cools and more, donated by local businesses, Brinkman said.
“We are very appreciative of the local businesses that provided sponsorships, without them and our volunteers, this event wouldn’t be a success,” Isaak said, adding the organizers thank everyone who attended an and sponsored this year. “Without your support, community events like this wouldn’t be possible.”
Brinkman echoed Isaak gratitude for community support and thanked Jerry Isaak, Jason Isaak’s father, for spearheading the con- test.
“(Jerry) makes the event go as smooth as possible,” Brinkman said.
The Big Buck Contest is a free public event sponsored by the Beulah CVB. Anyone wanting to become a committee member or sponsor a future event,
can do so by contacting the bureau.