MARION, Miss. (WTOK) - The 10 weeks that comprised 97OKK’s 32nd annual Big Buck Bounty contest culminated in a banquet Saturday at the Hamasa Shriner Temple. The winners from each week were recognized and awarded additional prizes for the bucks they harvested throughout the season. Bow hunters, youth hunters and those that placed in the open division were among the award recipients.
Program Director, Christina Andrews, was overseeing her first event since receiving her new title and wanted to make sure hunters enjoyed the competition.
“When they leave here today, I want them to say, ‘This has been the best experience I’ve had hunting because hunting is a fun sport of course,’” she said. “We know it’s the pastime of the south. But in addition to harvesting something that they wanted to do anyway, now they’re getting rewarded for their hunt.”
Andrews said that this year’s field of winners represented a spectrum of participants – including the most women they’ve had in “long time.”