Wisconsin Trophy Deer Contest & Display Presented By Budweiser

Overview & Pricing

Get you deer’s official score, show off your deer, compete for an award and get a weekend pass.

Entry Times
Friday 12p – 9p
Saturday 9a – 7p
Sunday 9a - 10a

How to Enter

There is no advance entry; just bring your trophy to the Expo.

Pricing

Trophy Deer Contest (to be officially scored)- $20

  • Includes unlimited admission to all 3 days of the expo for 1 person

Trophy Deer Contest (already pre-scored) for display only- $10

  • Includes unlimited admission to all 3 days of the expo for 1 person
  • If your deer is pre-scored, you must provide proof of official score and present official score sheet

Early removal fee- $10

  • Trophies must remain on display through the close of the show on Sunday. If you need to remove the trophy prior to this time, a $10 fee applies.

Any additional tickets you need for family and friends can be purchased at the door or online with a discount in advance.

A complimentary 1-year subscription to Field & Stream Magazine or Outdoor Life Magazine is included for each person who buys a ticket or enters their trophy for display or scoring. Please bring your smart phone and take a photo of the posted QR codes once you enter the expo. You will input your information electronically to be entered into the door prize contest and claim your free magazine subscription. Magazine subscriptions typically take 8-12 weeks to receive your first issue.

Getting There

Parking

Closest parking is on the west side of the Exhibition Hall. Do not bring your trophy through the North Entrance (nearest to the Coliseum). Either drive past that entrance to the West side or enter on the Rusk Avenue parking lot. The trophy entrance is at the West Concourse.

Registration

Go inside the building, to the trophy registration table. There, you will pay your entry fee and be given the necessary paperwork. Do not fill out paperwork at this time, but take it along and follow the directions to the designated measuring area, and fill it out at that time.

Measuring Area / Contest Headquarters

You will be instructed to proceed down the hallway and follow the signs to the elevator on your left hand side. Proceed up one floor to the upper level. Complete your paperwork at this time. Members of the WI Buck & Bear Club will be there to assist you with any questions you have.

Trophy Contest Categories

There are many ways to win. Your deer can be recognized for its unique qualities. See below for how your deer may be categorized based on several distinctions.

Weapon Type:

  • Was your deer taken with Firearm, Archery, Crossbow or Muzzleloader?
  • There will be separate divisions for each.

Year Harvested:

  • When was your deer taken? Was it during the current year (the most recent past hunting season)
  • If taken with Firearm or Archery you will indicate either the current year (the most recent past hunting season)or historical contest division (the 2nd most recent past hunting season and older).
  • If taken with a Muzzleloader or Crossbow there is no current vs historical distinction, you’ll be in one division.

Typical / Non-Typical:

  • Is your deer typical or non-typical?

Points:

  • If your deer is typical how many points does it have? 8, 9, 10, 11,12 or 13+?
  • Non-typical will be in one point class.

Rules

Eligibility Rules

  • Wisconsin whitetail deer must be taken during hunting season and hunter must be known.
  • Entries do not need to be mounted, but they must have a solid skull plate and must be clean of flesh.
  • Second- and third-place winners in all divisions and categories at previous expos are eligible for re-entry.
  • First place winners of any prior historical firearms or archery contest are not eligible for re-entry.
  • First place winners in the Muzzleloader category from any and all previous Expos are not eligible for re-entry. However, if you didn’t win first place, you can keep re-entering.
  • First place winners in the Crossbow category from any and all previous Expos are not eligible for re-entry. However, if you didn’t win first place, you can keep re-entering.

Awards - Trophy Contest

  • Award presentations begin at 4p Sunday in Seminar Area A.
  • Trophy (deer) must be present to win.
  • Awards based on antler score. Awards proportional to entries: i.e. 1-3 entries in class = 1 award; 4-8 entries in class = 2 awards; 9 or more entries in class = 3 awards.
  • Award trophies given.
  • No cash or merchandise prizes.

How Scoring Works

  • Scoring system used is Boone & Crocket. Scoring by members of the Wisconsin Buck & Bear Club (877-273-6408, www.wi-buck-bear.org).
  • Certified measurers on hand for Pope & Young Club and Boone & Crockett Club qualifiers. If your trophy qualifies you will have an opportunity to enter it into an official record book. The WI Buck & Bear Club will walk you through that process (additional fees apply).

Checkout Procedures

Checkout Process

All contest entries will be hung on display boards and must remain on display until released Sunday at 3p. There are no check-outs whatsoever of any trophies between noon and 3p Sunday.

Early Checkouts

Early check-out (before noon Sunday) -- there will be a $10 early checkout fee per trophy. Early check-outs disrupt the measuring process and on Sunday disrupt the checking of entry lists to determine accuracy of filing, production of winner lists, and all other necessary wrap-up paperwork.

Measure-Only Non-Contest Entries

Overview

Get an official score of any in-state and out-of-state whitetails. Locked antlers may be measured (if possible). You will be required to buy a ticket to the expo and pay a $20 measuring fee.

Measure Only Entry Times
Friday 2p – 8p
Saturday 9a – 7p
Sunday 9a - 10a

Pricing:

Participation
Fee
Admission Ticket
Field & Stream or Outdoor Life magazine Subscription
Total
Early Checkout Fee
Measure-Only
$20
$15
FREE
$35
N/A

You will be given a door prize registration card at the measuring area. Fill it out and drop it in the designated bucket at the measuring area in order to receive a complimentary 1-year subscription to Field & Stream or Outdoor Life magazine which will be sent to you within 8-12 weeks. You will be given a copy of Wisconsin Buck & Bear Club’s Wisconsin Whitetail Classic magazine at the measuring area.

If you would like your non-whitetail to be displayed for others to see let a member of WI Buck & Bear Club know. Trophy will be measured only after all trophy contest entries have been measured. The fee is returned if the trophy has not yet been measured when the attendee is ready to leave. No check-outs between noon and 3p Sunday.

SHEDS-Measure-Only Non-Contest Entries

Overview

Just get an score of your shed(s). You will be required to buy a ticket to the expo and pay a $10 measuring fee per shed. There is no contest for sheds.

Participation
Fee
Admission Ticket
Field & Stream or Outdoor Life magazine Subscription
Early Checkout Fee
Single Sheds Measure-Only
$10
Must buy ticket
FREE
N/A
Matched Sets Measure Only
$20
Must buy ticket
FREE
N/A

All measure-only entries must also buy a ticket to the expo. Shed(s) will be measured only after all trophy contest entries have been measured. There shouldn't be a problem getting all "measure-only" trophies measured. Measuring crews in the past have been able to do so. The fee is returned if the shed(s) has not yet been measured when the attendee is ready to leave. No check-outs between noonand 3p Sunday.

As part of your paid admission to the expo you will be given a door prize registration card. Fill it out and drop it in the designated bucket at the measuring area or at the main gate door prize registration buckets in order to receive a complimentary 1-year subscription to Field & Stream or Outdoor Life magazine which will be sent to you within 8-12 weeks.

How Matched Set Shed Scoring Works

With matched sets it’s impossible to know exactly the inside spread, therefore the total score will be the left shed and right shed combined. You can estimate the total gross score by adding what you think the inside spread is. You would of course have to take into account deductions. The measurers will not be estimating total gross score for you and they will not be making deductions. They will simply measure each single beam and add both of those beam scores together for a total score.

How Typical vs Non-Typical Shed Scoring Works

With sheds there is no guarantee that a deer is typical unless you absolutely know you have the matching typical antler, but even that is not guaranteed. The individual measurer will make the final judgement call if he or she feels the sheds should be entered as singles or as a matched set.