Dixie Deer Classic is March 3-5

It’s the biggest deer expo in NC

The Dixie Deer Classic is slated for March 3 – 5 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC. Special guests this year will include TV host Michael Waddell of Bone Collector fame, Rachel Ahtila, a professional hunting guide, and YouTube gun celebrity Hickok45.

This year’s events include the Carolina Dock Dogs competition, the Venison Chili Cookoff,  the Southeastern Call Makers competition, the Kids Scavenger Hunt, the Trail Cam Contest, and the main event, the Whitetail Deer Competition and Black Bear competition.

A 2023 Polaris ATV will be given away, as well as numerous other door and raffle prizes throughout the weekend.

Numerous vendors will have booths set up throughout several buildings at the fairgrounds. Seminars will be conducted throughout the weekend and deer and black bear scoring will take place as well.

The wall of trophies will be on display, showing this year’s entrants as well as some of North Carolina’s biggest deer killed in past years.

Awards will be given to hunters from North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina.


All North Carolina categories will have four divisions:



Youth Male

Youth Female

Each division will have the following categories:

Best by Gun – Typical

Best by Gun – Non-typical

Best by Muzzleloader – Typical

Best by Muzzleloader – Non-typical

Best by Bow – Typical

Best by Bow- Non-typical

Best by Crossbow – Typical

Best by Crossbow – Non-typical

South Carolina has one division:

Best in South Carolina

We want to especially encourage South Carolina hunters to attend this event and to enter their deer in the contest. In the past 7 years, only one South Carolina hunter has entered the contest. North Carolina and Virginia always have strong showings.

Three miscellaneous entries also receive awards:

Best in Show

Presidential Award

Non-hunting (any location)

For more information on the Classic along with the full schedule of events, visit dixiedeerclassic.org.

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Brian Cope is the editor of Carolina Sportsman. He has won numerous awards for his writing, photography, and videography. He is a retired Air Force combat communications technician, and has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina. You can reach him at brianc@sportsmannetwork.com.

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