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World Deer Expo Set For Birmingham July 13-15
By Mike Bolton
Posted Wednesday April 25 2018, 1:25 PM
The 21 Alabama hunters who will participate in the AON Truck-Buck Shoot-Out on July 14 earned their way into the event by virtue of their bucks taken during the 2017-18 season. The Shoot-Out is one of the headliners of the World Deer Expo.
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For one of 21 Alabama deer hunters, the only thing now standing between them and a new Chevrolet pickup truck in their driveway is a keen eye and a steady hand.

Those 21 AON subscribers recently punched their ticket to compete in the AON Truck-Buck Shoot-Out on Saturday, July 14 at the World Deer Expo. The Expo is set for July 13-15 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.

The 21 hunters qualified for the Shoot-Out by virtue of the bucks they took during the 2017-2018 season. Those bucks scored the highest on designated weeks and wildcard categories during the season.

The AON Truck-Buck Shoot-Out is open to the public and traditionally plays to a packed house on the lower floor of the Expo on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The tense air-rifle competition pits the weekly winners of AON’s big-buck contests in a shoot-until-you-miss contest with the winner taking home the new truck. The hunters shoot at targets at differing sizes and varying distances. They begin with a full-size stationary skeet, and the targets decrease in size until they are usually shooting at a suspended egg from 60 feet away.

For tens of thousands of hunters from across the Southeast, the World Deer Expo is an annual rite of summer.  This year will mark the 35th year that hunters will make the pilgrimage to the show that is billed as the nation’s largest three-day hunting consumer show. They come to see newest weapons, hunting gadgets, hunting  apparel and the many attractions and side-shows.

There is never a shortage of bragging at the World Deer Expo. The Alabama Whitetail Record Book’s big-buck contest sees to that. Hunters typically have their big bucks back from the taxidermists by the time the show rolls around, and the Expo is a great place to show them off and to have them officially scored. Those bucks are displayed where they can be seen by the thousands of show-goers.

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.

Another of the show’s biggest draws is the Bowhunters 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 Bowhunters of Alabama, and memberships will be available at the event. Memberships are $15 each or $25 per family, which includes the immediate family.

For many, one of the show’s biggest draws is the opportunity for visitors to win a wide array of prizes, including hunt give-aways. This year’s hunts include trips to Africa, Mexico, Maine, Ohio and Kentucky. There will also be hourly door prizes of hunting products and apparel.

If kids want to get in on the fun, several kids-friendly activities will be available at the show.

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. On-site adult tickets (ages 12 and up) are $13, child tickets  (age 4-11) are $7 and kids ages 3 and younger are free. Patrons can purchase tickets online prior to the show for a savings of $3 per ticket.

For more information on the World Deer Expo, visit www.worlddeer expo.com.
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