Annual Hunting Contests & Game Awards
Official Rules Printed Copy (pdf)
Link to Game Awards Application
- Hunting Contests
- There shall be a “Bow Hunter of the Year” competition
with winners determined by a competitive point system and
awards for three Divisions:
- A Men’s Division,
- A Women’s Division,
- A Youth Division; defined as under 16 years of age.
For purpose of competition, a youth shall be considered
the age of 15 for the entire year if he/she is age 15 on
January 1st of the New Year.
- There shall be “Husband and Wife Bow Hunter of the Year”
competition with winners determined by a combined point
- There shall be a “Trophy Contest.”
- Game Awards
- There shall be a “Big Game Awards”
- There shall be a “Small Game Awards”
- General Contest Rules
- There shall be a set of official OBH
Hunting Contests & Game Awards rules governing each contest
and awards program. These rules shall be posted at the OBH
- Any animal entered for OBH awards
must be taken legally with a bow and arrow in accordance
with all applicable rules and regulations for the location
in which it is harvested. Some animals, especially but not
limited to furbearers, listed as eligible for hunting
contest awards may require special licensing and/or tag
requirements in addition to general hunting licenses and/or
tags. Individuals submitting animals for OBH awards are
solely responsible for determining and complying with all
applicable harvest rules and regulations.
- Only animals legally taken in the
state of Oregon shall be eligible for the Bow Hunter of the
Year, Husband and Wife Bow Hunter of the Year and the Trophy
- Entries for the Big Game Awards and
Small Game Awards may be harvested in any state, province or
country provided they are taken according to the laws, rules
and regulations of the locality(ies) where they are taken.
- To qualify for an award, a person
must be an OBH member at the time of harvesting the game
- The calendar year shall be the
starting and ending of these competitions annually.
- Applications for all awards must be
made by January 15th of the year after the harvest.
- The Director of Hunting Games shall
be responsible for all Hunting Contests and Game Awards, as
well as the regulations concerning the awards.
- Paragraphs 1 through 3 originate
from the OBH Bylaws and may only be changed by a vote of the
Field Governors; amending Article XIV of the Bylaws. The
remaining rules may be revised as the need arises with the
approval of the Board of Directors.
- Definitions of Game Animals
- Definition of Big Game: Alligator,
Antelope, Bear, Bison, Bobcat, Caribou, Cougar, Coyote,
Deer, Elk, Goat, Jaguar, Javalina or Feral Swine, Moose,
Musk-Oxen, Pig, Shark, Sheep, Turkey, Wolf, and Wolverine.
The young of said big game animals are not eligible for
awards. The Following weights are used to determine the
young: Deer and Bear under 40 Lbs., Elk under 100 Lbs.
- Additional Species included as Big
Game: Bobcat, Lynx, Coyote, Javalina or Feral Swine and Pig.
(These animals must not be taken with the aid of dogs.)
- Definition of Small Game: Armadillo,
Badger, Beaver, Carp, Coot, Cottontail Rabbit, Crab, Crow,
Duck, Eel, Fox, Gar, Goose, Gopher, Ground Hog, Ground
Squirrel, Grouse, Jack Rabbit, Lemming, Marmot (Rock Chuck),
Mink, Mountain Beaver, Muskrat, Nutria, Opossum, Partridge,
Pheasant, Porcupine, Prairie Dog, Quail, Raccoon, Rat,
Ringtail Cat, Scavenger Fish, Skunk, Squirrel, Stingray,
Turtle, and Weasel.
- The following Game Animals are
furbearers and may only be taken in Oregon under a trapping
or furbearer hunting license: Beaver, Bobcat, Fox, Mink,
Muskrat, and Raccoon.
- Points shall NOT be given for any
Federal or State protected species such as the following:
Golden-mantled ground squirrel, Pica, amphibians, lizards
and snakes other than poisonous.
- Protected species in Oregon: Please
refer to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife for a
current list of protected mammals and birds for the year of
harvest. In addition, all marine mammals, all non-game birds
except English (House) Sparrow, Rock Dove (Common Pigeon),
Starling, Western Painted Turtle and Western Pond Turtle.
- Any Big Game or Small Game animal as
defined in the previous sub-sections that may become
protected either federally or on a state level, before these
rules can become amended are not eligible for this contest.
It is the responsibility of the hunter to know if the
species he or she is hunting is a protected species.
Conviction of game law violation can mean loss of OBH
Membership and/or Trophies.
- Bow Hunter of the Year Award
- There shall be a perpetual plaque,
plus a small permanent plaque for the first through third
place winners in each division.
- In the men's divisions, there shall
be patches appropriately embroidered for first through
- In the women's and youth divisions,
there shall be patches appropriately embroidered for first
through sixth place.
- In the event of a tie, all persons
sharing the tie will receive the same patches/awards.
- The following year a biography of
the winners shall be featured in the OBH publication.
- Small Game point system combined
with the Big Game point system shall be used as a basis for
determining the "Bow Hunter of the Year." There shall be a
limit of fifty (50) Small Game points per season per
contestant for the competition in the "Bow Hunter of the
Year". The following point system for big game shall be
- Minimum skull measurement of 13
inches for an adult bear,
- Minimum skull measurement of 9.5
inches for an adult cougar,
- No bonus given for skull
measurement of Coyotes & Bobcats.
- The final score shall be rounded to nearest full number
except in case of tie; convert all fractions to second
decimal as per
Fraction Conversion Chart.
- Husband & Wife Bow Hunter of the Year
- For “Husband & Wife Bow Hunter of
the Year” competition, each individual must harvest at least
one Big Game animal in Oregon.
- All “Bow Hunter of the Year” rules
- The winners will be determined by a
combined score and receive a permanent plaque.
- Trophy Contest for Big Game
- Trophy Classifications shall follow
the Pope & Young (P&Y) classifications for Big Game animals
found within the geographic boundaries of Oregon. P&Y
guidelines shall be followed for all species boundaries.
- Trophies will be awarded to the
largest of each species according to the P&Y system of
measurement for antlers, horns and/or skulls.
- Only one animal of each species of
big game shall be allowed in any one competitive year.
- To be eligible for Trophy Contest
- All animals must be taken within
the geographic boundaries of Oregon,
- Animals with boundary
restrictions taken near boundaries (i.e. Blacktail and
Mule Deer) must have exact location of harvest,
- There must be two or more
entries in each category for the award to be given,
- Entry exceeds the P&Y
- Entry exceeds the previous
- Antlers, horns or skulls may be
measured by an OBH member, in the event of a tie or if
both animals of the same species are close in score, all
animals in question will be panel measured at the same
time prior to the awards banquet to determine the
winner. Official Pope & Young measurers will be used.
- Big Game Awards
- Fair Chase Rules; any animal
harvested under the following circumstances should not be
considered for awards: yarded in deep snow, helpless on ice,
helpless in water, helpless in a trap, while confined behind
fences, as on game farms etc., from powered vehicle or
powered boat, by spot lighting at night, shooting across
public roads, defiance of game laws or out of season, or
other methods considered non-sportsman like conduct.
- First award shall be the OBH
Gold Bear Pin and # 1 Bar,
- Second through Fourteenth
numbered bars, which attach to Gold Bear Pin,
- Fifteenth award shall be a new
bar inscribed "Expert Bow Hunter",
- Sixteenth through Twenty fourth
numbered bars, which attach to Gold Bear Pin,
- Twenty Fifth bar shall be
inscribed “Master Bow Hunter"; this concludes the
- Small Game Award
- A minimum of forty (40) points is
necessary to receive the Small Game award patch.
- A contestant will receive one (1)
point per animal with a limit of six (6) points for any one
- Only six (6) points in aggregate
will be allowed for the following animals: Mouse, Bull Frog,
English (House) Sparrow, Starling, Mole and Rock Dove
- First through third award shall
be the "Small Game Hunter" Patch,
- Fourth award shall be the
"Master Small Game Hunter" patch; this concludes the