Category Archives: Big Buck Contest

All Out There posts about the 2016 Big Buck Contest.

Here are the BDN’s Biggest Bucks for 2016

Tom Kittrick poses with the 250-pound, 7-point buck he shot while hunting near Millinocket on Nov. 3. (Photo courtesy of Tom Kittrick)

At the beginning of this year’s firearms hunting season for deer, we unveiled a contest designed to allow hunters to share their success stories with others. Today, it’s time to unveil the winners of our first BDN Biggest Bucks contest: Tom Kittrick of Millinocket topped all entries in the “heaviest deer” category at 250 pounds, […]

Haul your 15-pointer in the trunk of a Camry? (It can be done)

Amy Prenier shows off her first buck, a 220-pounder that she shot in Cooper. The buck had a 15-point rack. (Photo courtesy of Amy Prenier)

For the past four weeks, we’ve been eagerly awaiting new entrants in our first BDN Biggest Bucks contest. The final “feature deer” of this year’s contest comes from Amy Prenier, who filled her tag with a beautiful 15-pointer while hunting on Nov. 19 in Cooper. And as you’ve likely guessed after reading the headline, Prenier’s […]

Hunter’s first buck a massive 15-pointer

Amy Prenier shows off her first buck, a 220-pounder that she shot in Cooper. The buck had a 15-point rack. (Photo courtesy of Amy Prenier)

Happy Monday! While we’re busy shaking off our turkey comas from last week (and while some of us are still licking our wounds after completing another firearms season on deer without filling our tag), let’s celebrate a great buck. This week’s feature deer in the BDN Biggest Bucks contest comes to us from Amy Prenier, […]

First big buck, and ‘My dad was there in spirit’

Judy Mathiau of Vassalboro poses with the 10-point buck she shot on Nov. 5. The deer weighed 190 pounds, and Mathiau says her dad was with her, in spirit, on the hunt. (Photo courtesy of Judy Mathiau)

Judy Mathiau has been hunting for quite a few years now, and remembers her first jaunts through the deer woods on the family’s Vassalboro land. She was just a young teenager, and didn’t even carry a gun back then. But the walks she shared with her dad, Harlan Glidden, were special. “I just walked with […]

A special 10-point buck: ‘Dad was there in spirit’

Judy Mathiau of Vassalboro poses with the 10-point buck she shot on Nov. 5. The deer weighed 190 pounds, and Mathiau says her dad was with her, in spirit, on the hunt. (Photo courtesy of Judy Mathiau)

Over the past three weeks, we’ve shared a few great deer-hunting stories as part of our BDN’s Biggest Bucks contest. And while this week’s featured deer might not be the biggest, nor sport the largest rack, Judy Mathiau of Vassalboro proves that we’re suckers for a touching tale. The subject line of Mathiau’s entry: “My […]

‘Not a wicked exciting hunt’ ends with 250-pound buck

Tom Kittrick (center) poses with his daughter, Jaimyn Kittrick, son Dvin Kittrick and the 250-pound, 7-point buck he shot while hunting near Millinocket on Nov. 3. (Photo courtesy of Tom Kittrick)

Ideally, all of our hunts would go as planned. In a perfect world, when we finally catch up with that buck of a lifetime, it’ll be a combination of our planning, tactics and woods knowledge that turn the tide in our favor. Of course, not all hunts turn out that way. And sometimes, things still […]

This week’s big buck: 250-pounder near Millinocket

Tom Kittrick poses with the 250-pound, 7-point buck he shot while hunting near Millinocket on Nov. 3. (Photo courtesy of Tom Kittrick)

It’s the third week of deer season, and as the state’s hunters know, that means the peak of mating season — “the rut” — is upon us. Here’s hoping several of you bag bucks that you’ll enter in our BDN Biggest Bucks contest. In the meantime, here’s this week’s feature deer, which was taken by […]

Eddington teen bags 243-pound swamp buck

Levi Williamson grew up hunting with his dad, Galan. And on those frequent trips, Levi absorbed some lessons. “Hunting’s been part of my life since I was 10 years old,” 16-year-old Levi said. “And I’ve been with my dad, sitting in tree stands and walking out with him, since I was even younger.” When he […]

Big buck in Eddington: 243 pounds, 11 points

Levi Williamson took down this palmated 11-point. 243-pound swamp buck on Nov. 5 while still-hunting in Eddington. (Photo courtesy of Levi Williamson)

Throughout deer season, we’ll be sharing big buck tales of our readers through the BDN’s Biggest Bucks contest. And each Monday, we’ll unveil our weekly winner and focus on one lucky hunter. This week’s featured entrant: 16-year-old Levi Williamson, who took this 243-pounder while still-hunting in Eddington on Nov. 5. Williamson’s deer sported a palmated […]

Don’t forget to enter our BDN Biggest Bucks contest

Ben Thibodeau poses with the deer he shot in Bucksport on the opening day of the hunting season in 2015. He said he did not hunti growing up and this is the first deer he shot since taking up the activity three years ago. At left are Thibodeau older daughters Mirabel, 5, (left) and Zoe, 8. (BDN photo by Gabor Degre)

As you head into the woods on Saturday, here are a couple of quick reminders: Be safe. Have fun. And when you bag that buck of a lifetime, don’t forget to enter our BDN Biggest Bucks Contest. Most points? Win a prize. Heaviest deer? Win a prize. And as an added bonus, I’ll try to […]