The Georgia Outdoor Writers Association bestowed its annual awards last weekend to the lucky hunters who took the top-scoring deer in Georgia last season.
Although Peach State hunters bring home more than 400,000 deer each year, only a handful qualify for the record books.
Matt Joiner of Albany, Ga., took the highest scoring non-typical buck in the firearms category last season. The Mitchell County buck scored 179 4/8 Boone & Crockett points and was taken Nov. 21, 2007.
Eric Flowers of Lilburn, Ga., took the highest scoring typical bow-killed whitetail last season. Its Pope & Young score was 154. The Johnson County buck was killed Sept. 9, 2007.
Chris Brooks of Doerun, Ga., showed his Worth County buck that scored 167 7/8 Bonne & Crockett points and was the best Typical Firearms category whitetail taken last season. It was killed Nov. 11, 2007.
Jay Maxwell of Bethlehem, Ga., showed his non-typical bow kill from Fulton County. Taken on Nov. 20, 2007, it scored 213 4/8 Pope & Young points and is the new state record Non-Typical Bow Kill.
The 2007-08 Georgia Big Deer Contest was sponsored by Georgia Sportsman magazine, the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association and the Wildlife Resources Division.
To qualify, firearms kills must score at least 145 Boone & Crockett points on typical racks or 170 on non-typicals; and archery kills must score at least 120 Pope & Young points for typical racks and 145 for non-typicals.
The top-scoring bucks had one thing in common.
None was killed anywhere near Augusta, and all were taken on managed lands where it is mandatory to let smaller bucks walk.
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