Head & Horns Competition
Northwest Tour of Big Game Animals” and “Head & Horns” competition spotlight full-body big game mounts, on-site scoring of show attendee’s trophies
A first-ever collection of record setting elk and other big game trophies, and on-site scoring of trophies submitted by show attendees headline the 2014 “Head & Horns” display and competition at the show.
This year’s “Northwest Tour of Big Game Animals” spotlights a new display of the biggest elk ever harvested in Oregon and Washington, including several bulls measuring over 400 inches (Boone & Crockett scoring). A variety of other top scoring big game trophies will round out the eye-popping display.
With prizes on the line, the show’s “Head & Horns” competition will once again attract upwards of 200 heads, horns or horn/antler sheds brought to the show by showgoers. Once there, the entries are measured and scored by Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young representatives.
Prizes are awarded for all three methods of harvest: rifle, archery and black powder. The top entries from each of the categories will be on display throughout the show and the entry deadline for the competition is 8:00 pm Saturday, Jan. 25. The final winning entries will be on display on Sunday, Jan. 26.
This always popular competition is made possible through sponsorship support by Fort Knox Safes, Bushnell Outdoor Products, Ruger, and ATK/Federal Premium Ammunition and Les Schwab.
“It’s always fun to see what people bring in, whether the trophies were recently harvested or have been collecting dust in an attic,” said display and competition organizer David Morris. “The top 40 entries go on display during the show, and we’ll be on the lookout for potential record-setters for inclusion in future editions of my ‘Record Book’ series.”
Morris will be available to sign copies of his popular books, including the latest edition of the “Record Book for Oregon’s Big Game Animals” and the local favorite, “Record Book for Washington’s Big Game.” Both will be available for purchase at the show.
A lifetime outdoorsman, guide and former taxidermist, Morris observes that achieving a record relates to luck, persistence and selectivity.
“The Head & Horns competition and display promotes hunting to harvest mature animals,” says Morris. “Our hunters are respectful of game as a renewable resource and utilize as much of each harvest as possible.”