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World Deer Expo, AON Truck-Buck Shoot-Out July 21-23 In Birmingham
By Mike Bolton
Posted Tuesday April 25 2017, 4:18 PM
The Truck-Buck Shoot-Out is a pellet-rifle competition where the best marksman of the afternoon will drive home in a new Chevrolet 4-wheel-drive pickup truck. This event pits AON’s weekly big-buck contest winners in a winner-takes-all competition.
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Hunters from across Alabama and the Southeast will make their annual pilgrimage to Birmingham on July 21-23 as the 34th edition of the World Deer Expo comes to the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.

The show that is billed as the nation’s largest three-day hunting consumer show draws tens of thousands of visitors each year to see the latest and greatest hunting gadgets and apparel, as well as the many side-shows.

One of the Expo’s most-anticipated attractions will once again be the AON Truck-Buck Shoot-Out. During this event on Saturday, one deer hunter will use his or her marksmanship skills to claim ownership of a new 4-wheel-drive Chevrolet pickup truck.

The nerve-racking air-rifle competition pits the weekly winners of AON’s big-buck contest in a shoot-until-you-miss competition. The hunters begin shooting at targets at differing distances that begin with a full-size stationary skeet and decrease in size until they are shooting at a suspended egg from 60 feet. The last shooter standing wins the truck.

Another of the show’s biggest draws will be the Bow Hunters of Alabama’s 3-D Archery Tournament. More than 100 rounds are shot in this event over the three days of the show.

There will be approximately 35 Archery Shooters Association categories and a National Archery in Schools Program category.

There is a $10 charge to shoot the first round and $5 for following rounds, and archers may shoot as many rounds as they wish, with the best round counting as their score.

There will be awards for the first three places in all classes. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Those participating must be members of the Bow Hunters of Alabama, and memberships will be available at the event. Memberships are $15 each or $25 per family, which includes the immediate family.

If you took a nice buck in Alabama last season, you surely wonder how it compares to other bucks taken in Alabama during the 2016-2017 season. The World Deer Expo is where proud hunters take their bucks to get official scores.

The Alabama Whitetail Record Book’s big-buck contest and awards show is an annual feature at the show. Hunters can bring in their deer heads for scoring and learn if they meet the criteria for being included in the Alabama record book.

The awards ceremony held on Sunday features the top typical, non-typical, bow-taken, youth, female and 8-point bucks from the previous season. The hunters who took the top three in each of those categories tell their stories at this ceremony.

For many,  one of the show’s biggest draws is the opportunity for visitors to win a wide array of prizes. For the first time the show will feature a Stand-A-Day-Giveaway where show-goers will have the opportunity to win shooting houses and other top-of-the-line stands.

There will also be hourly door prizes of hunting products that include apparel and hunting gadgets. The door prizes this year will include 12 trip giveaways. Included are deer hunts in Kentucky, Ohio, Texas and Missouri and exotic species hunts in several foreign countries.

If seeing big buck racks firsthand is your thing, the show will have plenty on hand.

In addition to the The Alabama Whitetail Record Book’s displays of the best Alabama-taken bucks of last season, the world-record buck taken in Tennessee last year will be on display.

It took a panel of four Boone and Crockett judges nearly four hours in January to measure Stephen Tucker’s non-typical buck. The 47-point rack scored 312 3/8 to beat the former world record of 307 5/8 held by Tony Lovstuen for a 38-point taken in Iowa in 2003.

Tucker, who hails from Gallatin, Tenn., killed the buck on his family farm with a muzzleloader on November 7, 2016.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to hobnob with a couple of TV stars throughout the show.

Josh Woods and Tyler Owens from the Discovery Channel’s Moonshiners will have a booth where they will meet with patrons and sign autographs and pose for photos. Their show follows a diverse group of people living in Appalachia who make moonshine and carry on a 200-year-old tradition passed down from their forefathers.

If kids need to burn off some energy during the show, a bungee trampoline is sure to fit that bill. Kids will also want to try their fishing skills in the World Deer Expo’s popular trout pond. Kids are allowed to take the rainbow trout that they catch home to cook and eat.

Show hours will be Friday from 3 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Tickets are currently available online, and they will be available at the event on days of the show. Onsite adult tickets (ages 12 and up ) are $13, child tickets (age 4-11) are $7, and kids 3 and younger are free. Patrons can purchase tickets online prior to the show for a savings of $3 per ticket.

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