CONTESTS AND GAME AWARDS
1) Hunting Contests
a) There shall be a "Bow Hunter of
the Year" competition with winners determined by a competitive
point system and awards
iii) 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.
b) There shall be "Husband and Wife Bow
Hunter of the Year" competition with winners determined by a
combined point system.
c) There shall be a "Trophy
2) Game Awards
a) There shall be a "Big Game
b) There shall be a "Small Game
3) General Contest Rules
a) There shall be a set of official OBH Hunting
Contests & Game Awards rules governing each contest and
program. These rules shall be
posted at the OBH website.
b) Any animal entered for OBH awards must be
taken legally with a bow and arrow in accordance with all
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
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
c) Only animals legally taken in the state of
Oregon shall be eligible for the Bow Hunter of the Year, Husband
Wife Bow Hunter of the Year and
the Trophy Contest.
d) 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.
e) To qualify for an award, a person must be an
OBH member at the time of harvesting the game
f) The calendar year shall be the starting and
ending of these competitions annually.
g) Applications for all awards must be made by
January 15th of the year after the harvest.
h) The Director of Hunting Games shall be
responsible for all Hunting Contests and Game Awards, as well as
regulations concerning the awards.
i) 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
approval of the Board of Directors.
4) Definitions of Game Animals
a) 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.
young of said big game animals are not
eligible for awards. The Following weights are used to determine
young: Deer and Bear under 40 Lbs., Elk under 100
b) Additional Species included as Big Game:
Bobcat, Lynx, Coyote, Javalina or Feral Swine and Pig. (These
must not be taken with the
aid of dogs.)
c) 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
Mink, Mountain Beaver, Muskrat,
Nutria, Opossum, Partridge, Pheasant, Porcupine, Prairie Dog,
Raccoon, Rat, Ringtail Cat, Scavenger Fish, Skunk,
Squirrel, Stingray, Turtle, and Weasel.
d) 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.
e) 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.
f) 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
g) 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
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
5) Bow Hunter of the Year Award
a) There shall be a perpetual plaque, plus a
small permanent plaque for the first through third place winners
b) In the men's divisions, there shall be
patches appropriately embroidered for first through twelfth place.
c) In the women's and youth divisions, there
shall be patches appropriately embroidered for first through sixth
d) In the event of a tie, all persons sharing
the tie will receive the same patches/awards.
e) The following year a biography of the
winners shall be featured in the OBH publication.
f) Small Game point system combined with the
Big Game point system shall be used as a basis for
determining the "Bow Hunter of the
g) 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".
h) The following point system for big game
shall be allowed:
Minimum skull measurement of 13 inches for an adult bear,
skull measurement of 9.5 inches for an adult cougar,
iii) No bonus
given for skull measurement of Coyotes & Bobcats.
i) 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 (Click
Here for Formula & Fraction Conversion Chart)
6) Husband & Wife Bow Hunter of the Year
a) For "Husband & Wife Bow Hunter of
the Year" competition, each individual must harvest at least one
Game animal in Oregon.
b) All "Bow Hunter of the Year" rules
c) The winners will be determined by a combined
score and receive a permanent plaque.
7) Trophy Contest for Big Game
a) Trophy Classifications shall follow the Pope
& Young (P&Y) classifications for Big Game animals found
the geographic boundaries
of Oregon. P&Y guidelines shall be followed for all species
b) Trophies will be awarded to the largest of
each species according to the P&Y system of measurement for
antlers, horns and/or skulls.
c) Only one animal of each species of big game
shall be allowed in any one competitive year.
d) To be eligible for Trophy Contest awards:
All animals must be taken within the geographic boundaries of Oregon,
with boundary restrictions taken near boundaries (i.e. Blacktail and
Mule Deer) must have
exact location of harvest,
iii) There must
be two or more entries in each category for the award to be given,
(1) Entry exceeds the P&Y minimum, or
(2) Entry exceeds the previous winning entry.
horns or skulls may be measured by an OBH member, in the event of a tie
or if both animals of
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.
8) Big Game Awards
a) 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
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
First award shall be the OBH Gold Bear Pin and # 1 Bar,
through Fourteenth numbered bars, which attach to Gold Bear Pin,
award shall be a new bar inscribed "Expert Bow Hunter",
through Twenty fourth numbered bars, which attach to Gold Bear Pin,
Fifth bar shall be inscribed "Master Bow Hunter"; this
concludes the program.
9) Small Game Award
a) A minimum of forty (40) points is necessary
to receive the Small Game award patch.
b) A contestant will receive one (1) point per
animal with a limit of six (6) points for any one species.
c) Only six (6) points in aggregate will be
allowed for the following animals: Mouse, Bull Frog, English
Sparrow, Starling, Mole and Rock
Dove (Common Pigeon).
First through third award shall be the "Small Game Hunter"
award shall be the "Master Small Game Hunter" patch; this
concludes the program.
updated March 2013