Karen Nielsen wins Best in Show at 2023 Dixie Deer Classic
The 2023 Dixie Deer Classic presented their annual awards on March 5 at the NC State Fairgrounds. Eighteen North Carolina hunters won awards, with 17 going to deer hunters. One bear hunter also won an award.
Female Award Winners
Karen Nielsen took the Muzzleloader Typical Female Award with her Alamance County buck that netted 170 4/8 inches. She also won the Best in Show award.
Laura Tucker took an award home from the Dixie Deer Classic for the third year in a row. Her Warren County buck scored 134 4/8 inches. She won the Gun Typical Female Award.
Kayla Pendergraft won the Crossbow Typical Female Award with her Orange County buck that scored 137 3/8 inches.
In her first year bowhunting, Brianna Henderson got her first bow kill, and her first buck. And it was a whopper. Her Person County deer scored 137 0/8 and helped her win the Bow Typical Female Award. Her buck also makes the Pope & Young list.
Elleigh Grindstaff, in her first year hunting with a crossbow, won the Crossbow Typical Female Youth Award. Her Avery County buck scored 139 7/8 inches.
Male Award Winners
Mickey Wilson won the Bow Male Nontypical Award with his Orange County buck that scored 170 5/8 inches. He also won the President’s Award.
Alan Mashburn won the Gun Typical Male Award with his Lee County buck that scored 162 7/8.
Preston Allred took the Gun Nontypical Male Award for his Caswell County buck, dubbed by locals as the “Milesville Monster,” that taped out at an impressive 185 4/8.
Lance Hamby’s Stokes County buck, which scored 151 2/8 inches, helped him win the Muzzleloader Typical Male Award.
The Bow Typical Male Award went to Joe Willard. His Rockingham County buck scored 152 4/8.
Easton Rimmer won the Male Youth President’s Award with his Orange County buck that scored 132 1/8.
The Gun Typical Youth Male Award went to Brock Cable. His Guilford County buck scored 145 6/8.
Austin Mangum won the Crossbow Typical Youth Male Award. His Granville County buck scored 146 0/8.
Gunnar Edmisten doubled up on awards, winning the Crossbow Typical Male Youth Award, as well as the President’s Award for his Durham County buck that scored 130 2/8.
Dan Glosson’s Person County buck, which scored 152 0/8, took honors for the Crossbow Typical Male award.
The Muzzleloader Typical Male Youth Award was won by Brett Jenkins. His Ashe County buck scored 138 1/8 inches.
Travis Brewer won the Non-hunting Award, which is given to a hunter who finds a set of antlers from a deceased animal. The Guilford County buck scored 191 1/8 inches.
One bear award was given at this year’s Dixie Deer Classic. Kalyn Cherryholmes won the NC Bear Female Award with her Jones County bear that scored 20 13/16 inches.