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Buck Club plans big 50th celebration

Columbus – Ohio’s Buckeye Big Buck Club is accustomed to working
with large racks from white-tailed deer killed in the state, but
this year it will also be working with large numbers of people at
the biggest banquet it has ever had.

It’s the club’s 50th anniversary and instead of just having a
banquet for new members, an all-day expo is planned for the state
fairgrounds on Aug. 30.

“We are hoping to have the largest number of deer mounts ever
assembled in one place,” said Gary Trent, president of BBBC. “We
should have thousands.”

The club has enough board space to display about 700 heads, but
the Deer and Turkey Expo has donated its boards to help with the
large number anticipated at the BBBC banquet in the fairgrounds’
Bricker Building.

“Generally we have about 800 at a banquet, but there will be
more than 1,000 this year,” said Mike Rex, secretary/treasurer of
the club. “We always invite the new members, but this year we want
to have as many people in the club as possible to attend.”

And not only has it invited all past attendees, but the BBBC
wants them to bring their mounts. The public is also invited.

“If a person has multiple mounts that have qualified for the
club, he (or she) should bring them all,” Rex said. “I have 10 and
it might take a U-Haul trailer to get them all there, but I plan to
bring them.”

The club plans to have some of the highest-scoring mounts ever
in Ohio, including the Beatty Buck, Jerman Buck, Amish Buck and
Hole-in-the Horn Buck.

Each year, the club honors hunters who take deer that have been
scored at a minimum of 140 typical or 160 nontypical.

Trent said that in anticipation of the 50th celebration, a
banquet was not held for new club members last year because they
knew there would be a 50th anniversary celebration. So, twice as
many will be honored for their big bucks taken during the last two

The event will feature several speakers. Displays and vendor
booths will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The banquet and awards
ceremony will begin at 5:30. Speakers include Hunter Specialties’
Eddie Salter, Matt Morrett and Alex Rutledge. Mike Tonkovich, the
DNR Division of Wildlife’s deer project leader, will answer
questions about Ohio deer management.

Since space is not limited, all aspects of the celebration will
be open to the public. To obtain tickets, visit or send
a check to BBBC, P.O. Box 205, Amesville, OH 45711. Tickets cost
$30 for adults and $15 for children under 12. Anyone who wants to
attend events during the day, but not the banquet, will be admitted
for $5 at the door. No banquet tickets will be sold at the

The Buckeye Big Buck Club was founded in 1957 to bring more
trophy quality deer heads to public attention. It was founded by
Merrill C. Gilfillan, a DNR writer and deer biologist. The formal
organization was completed after the first Big Buck awards dinner
in Columbus in February, 1958.

The club lists its mission as:

€ To stimulate appreciation of the eastern white-tailed deer in

€ To encourage trophy hunting by hunters,

€ To establish and maintain a permanent record of Ohio trophy
deer, and

€ To foster sound sportsmanship among Ohio’s deer hunters.

If you take a buck that qualifies and want to enter it in the
club, there is a $25 membership fee. For more information, visit
the Web site at

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