HEAD AND HORNS COMPETITION
Tour of Northwest Big Game Animals” spotlights record-breaking trophies, plus on-site scoring of area hunters’ trophies in the “Head & Horn” competition
For the Pacific Northwest hunting community, the annual Head & Horns competition is more than just a contest – it’s a tradition. Each year, show-goers of all ages look forward to showcasing their trophies, comparing with their peers and sharing their stories. Attracting more than 400 new entries every year, hunters can bring in their head and horns for scoring by representatives from Boone and Crocket, and Pope and Young. The 2018 Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show and Sport Fishing Boat Show®, presented by Federal Premium Ammunition and Bushnell, invites the public to bring their heads, horns and antlers to the Portland Expo Center, February 7-11, and join this Pacific Northwest tradition.
Tour of the Northwest Big Game Animals:
In addition to this year’s competition, don’t miss the one-of-a-kind collection from the “Tour of Northwest Big Game Animals.” The display includes:
- World and Washington State (archery) record-holder California Bighorn sheep, taken in Chelan County
- The second largest Shiras moose ever taken in Washington State
- The largest bull elk harvested since 1972 – taken in Oregon in 2015
- A Washington State record-holder for nearly 90 years, a non-typical whitetail deer taken in 1931
- A full body mount, world-record bison taken in 2010 at Custer State Park, South Dakota
And many more impressive record-setting and full body mounts
“It’s always fun to see what people bring in, whether the trophies were recently harvested or have been collecting dust in the attic,” said display and competition organizer David Morris. “The top entries go on display during the show, and we’ll be on the lookout for potential record setters for inclusion in future editions of the ‘Record Book’ series.” The 7th edition of the Oregon official record book will be on sale and Morris will be available to sign copies.
How to enter and rules:
Entrants to the Head & Horns competition pay a $30 entrance fee. The fee is refunded to those whose entries don’t make the official record book. Horns must be attached to the skull, found within the states of Oregon, Idaho, Washington or Montana, and killed under fair chase conditions. Prizes are awarded in two separate categories: “past harvest” for those taken prior to 2015 and “current harvest” for those taken during the 2016 hunting season.
Prizes are awarded for all three methods of harvest: rifle, archery and black powder. The top past entries for each of the big game categories will be on display throughout the show. Official entry deadline for the competition is 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 10th. The winning entries will be on display at the show on Sunday, February 11th.