A big Rockingham County buck scored big — Boone and Crockett Club big — and brought home the Best in Show award at the 2016 Dixie Deer Classic that wrapped up on Sunday, March 6, at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
Patrick Williams of Belews Creek won the Best in Show award with his 22-point buck that netted 195 7/8 inches non-typical. Williams killed the deer on Nov. 22 from a ground blind after studying the deer’s habits through trail-camera photos beginning before hunting season started.
Grayson Lister of Trinity brought a non-typical Randolph County buck to the show that got a lot of fanfare for its wild rack. Lister’s muzzleloader kill scored 184 4/8, and he took the top spot in the non-typical muzzleloader category.
Lance Gunn of Wentworth had the best typical buck killed in North Carolina last fall, a 164 6/8-inch Rockingham County buck killed eight days after Williams took his trophy. Gun killed his buck with a .303 Enfield rifle with peep sights.
Calvin McCaskill of Thomasville took top honors for typical deer in the bowhunting category with his 167 7/8-inch buck.
Dalton Currie took the youth typical gun award with a buck that is the biggest ever taken by a North Carolina youth. The buck, which scored 164 7/8, was taken in Montgomery County on Youth Deer Hunting Day. It surpassed the previous record, a 160 1/8-inch buck taken by Ashe County’s Ashley Honeycutt in 2009.
Shane Phillips of Rockingham County won the non-typical crossbow category with a 179 2/8-inch buck. Garrett Richardson’s Richmond County buck, scoring, 159 5/8, was the top typical youth bow kill.
Curt Vaughn of Person County won the youth typical crossbow category with a 123 3/8-inch buck, and Mike Sarder, also from Person County, took adult typical crossbow honors with his 145 1/8-inch buck. Person County was well-represented, as William Davis of Roxboro added the youth typical muzzleloader award with a 132 7/8-inch deer he killed on a rainy day in November.
Stanley County’s Joe Stevenson took the top award in the nontypical bow category with a 165 5/8-buck.
Kirk Patterson’s Halloween hunt secured him the typical muzzleloader award with a 158 1/8-inch buck from Rockingham County.
The female youth non-typical crossbow award went to Haylie Richard with her Granville County 123 6/8-inch buck.
Rockingham County took two awards in female categories. Hannah Revis’ typical muzzleloader scored 134 2/8, and Morgan Ellington won top muzzleloader youth female with her 135 2/8 buck.
Fuquay Varina’s Kasey Roberts joined her dad, Tim, as a Dixie Deer Classic winner. She had the top female youth gun typical with a 147 7/8-inch Chatham County buck killed on her 12th birthday. Her father won the 1995 Dixie Deer Classic’s non-typical award with a 177 3/8-inch buck.
Female typical crossbow award went to Kecia Perkinson of Henderson with a Vance County buck that measured 147 6/8, and Stacey Rabon of Raleigh killed the top female typical gun buck with a Wake County deer that measured 109 4/8.