The Georgia Outdoor Writers Association bestowed its annual awards last weekend to the hunters who took the top-scoring deer in Georgia last season.
David Campbell, of Marshallville, Ga., was recognized for winning the Typical Archery Division of the Georgia Big Deer Contest.
His Lee County buck scored 173 5/8 Pope & Young points. The buck is a not only a new state record, but is only the second Georgia whitetail to qualify for both the Boone & Crocket and Pope & Young recordbooks.
Campbell’s son, Ben Campbell, accepted the award for his father, who was unable to attend.
Fletcher Culpepper, of Sylvester, Ga., won the Non-typical Firearms Division with his Worth County buck that scored 234 6/8 B&C points, ranking firmly as the No. 3 non-typical buck ever taken in Georgia.
Also honored was Michael Spurlin of Leesburg, Ga., whose Lee County buck won the Firearms Typical Division with a B&C score of 168 6/8 B&C.
The Georgia Big Deer Contest, in its 45nd year, is sponsored by Georgia’s Wildlife Resources Division, Georgia Sportsman magazine and the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association.
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 155 for non-typicals.
The awards were distributed at the outdoor writers’ spring conference held in Albany, Ga.