North Carolina Boone & Crockett Record Book and Dixie Deer Classic


NC Dixie Deer Classic, North Carolina Boone and Crockett Records, NC Pope & Young Records

It’s the end of February in North Carolina and rabbit season is almost over. NC whitetail deer hunting concluded a couple of months ago with another successful year. Before 1981 this was a sad time of the year for many hunters, as it would be another six months before dove season and bow hunting for deer rolled around again. There were a few lucky hunters that took advantage of North Carolina spring turkey hunting. In present time this number is much higher for NC turkey hunters as the NC turkey population has grown considerably because of conservation. But, back to 1981. That was the first year the Dixie Deer Classic was created!




From that first year the Dixie Deer Classic has been a success. It was the first of its kind to bring in hunter equipment venders, bow hunting supplies, NC taxidermy services, turkey hunting products and national hunting outfitters & hunting guides. It was also a time to bring in some of the best North Carolina whitetail bucks to be scored by official Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young scorers. Now instead of being depressed that the general hunting season has officially closed, most hunters get really excited about their annual visit to the North Carolina Dixie Deer Classic. For the cost of admission, whitetail deer hunters can have their deer antler racks scored for free.

Mature Whitetail Buck

Mature Whitetail Buck

Recently some of the events at the North Carolina Dixie Deer Classic have included Bow Hunting Alley, Retriever Demonstrations, North Carolina Wild Turkey Calling Contest, Turkey Shoots and more. Be sure to check the DDC live website link at the end of this article. Usually the DDC takes place the first weekend of March. Along with all of the hunting displays, hunting services and hunting products at the DDC, there are plenty of refreshments and food to help make this an all day or all weekend event.

Over the years there have been many world reknown speakers, researchers, national hunting media celebrities, local expert hunters and conservationist that provide their services for the DDC show. It seems every year that the special guest list just gets better. A long list of past guests include Chuck Adams, Fred Bear, Dick Idol, John Wooters, Myles Keller, David Hale, Brenda Valentine, Ted Nugent, Mark Drury, Harold Knight, Phil Robertson and Roger Raglan. Dr. Grant Woods, Dr James Kroll, Larry Weishuhn and Scott Osborne have provided very valuable information on NC whitetail deer management and conservation. Also included on past guest lists are Maggie McGee, John Munden, Byron Ferguson and Frank Addington.

As the trend of hunting for mature whitetail bucks has grown over the decades, the hunter interest in some of the highest scoring whitetail deer has grown also. Many times some of the best collections of high scoring Boone & Crockett whitetail bucks will be on display at the North Carolina DDC. Many of these trophy bucks have a very interesting story to go along with the life of a particular deer and the harvest of that top class whitetail buck. Besides seeing a lot of huge taxidermy whitetail deer mounts, many of which are local to North Carolina and mounts of other game animals, this is just a great time to get together with like minded hunters, including women and kids, to discuss our joy of hunting in the outdoors of NC.

Top North Carolina Whitetail Deer Trophy Records
A list of some of the best NC Whitetail Bucks
Be sure to click on the Dixie Deer Classic website link below for current detailed list

North Carolina Top All Time Non-Typical Whitetail Deer

Best Non-Typical North Carolina Buck by Gun

Don Rockett NC buck killed with gun in Person County NC in 1998………..score 228 4/8 B&C
Stuart Gentry NC buck killed with gun in Person County NC in 1996………score 209 2/8 B&C
Jonathon Reaser NC buck killed with gun in Rockingham County NC in 2006…score 205 5/8 B&C

Best Non-Typical North Carolina Buck by Bow

Brent Mabrey NC buck killed with bow in Halifax County NC in 2005……score 176 7/8 P&Y
David Jernigan NC buck killed with bow in Granville County NC in 1992…..score 168 4/8 P&Y
Bill Froelich NC buck killed with bow in Forsyth County NC in 1998………..score 166 1/8 P&Y

Best Non-Typical North Carolina Buck by Muzzleloader

Keith Reese NC buck killed with muzzleloader in Anson County NC in 1993…….score 204 7/8 B&C
Chuck Baker NC buck killed with muzzleloader in Onslow County NC in 2008…..score 193 6/8
Steve Shaw NC buck killed with muzzleloader in Alamance County NC in 2011….score 180 3/8

Best Non-Typical North Carolina Buck by CrossBow

James Thompson NC buck killed with CrossBow in Moore County NC in 2010…….score 163 1/8

Best Non-Typical North Carolina Buck by Non Hunt

Norvall Bolton Non-Typical NC Buck killed Non Hunt in Warren County NC in 1974…197 2/8 B&C
Walter Martin Non-Typical NC Buck killed Non Hunt in Rockingham County NC in 2008….196 6/8 B&C





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North Carolina Top All Time Typical Whitetail Deer

Best Typical North Carolina Buck by Gun

Terry E. Daffron NC buck killed with gun in Guilford County NC in 1987…181 7/8 B&C
William Price NC buck killed with gun in Ashe County NC in 1999…..180 5/8 BC
Billy Rogers NC buck killed with gun in Rockingham County NC in 2012…176 4/8 B&C

Best Typical North Carolina Buck by Bow

John R Tuttle NC buck killed with bow in Rockingham County NC in 2013…171 7/8 B&C
Timothy Watkins NC buck killed with bow in Stokes County NC in 2013….170 1/8 B&C
Andrew Kerman NC buck killed with bow in Guilford NC in…..2009…….166 6/8 P&Y

Best Typical North Carolina Buck by MuzzleLoader

Lindsey Watkins NC buck killed with muzzleloader in Rockingham County NC in 1987…170 5/8 B&C
Nathan Lyerly NC buck killed with muzzleloader in Anson County NC in 2007……170 B&C
Jeff Hamilton NC buck killed with muzzleloader in Surry County NC in 2011……170 B&C




Best Typical North Carolina Buck by CrossBow

Michael Helbert NC buck killed with Cross-Bow in Caswell County NC in 2009…..167 7/8

Best Typical North Carolina Buck by Non Hunt

David Worley NC buck killed by Non Hunt in Caswell County NC in….1988……..178 B&C
Tommy Baird NC buck killed by Non Hunt in Northampton County NC in 1999…….172 6/8 B&C
Randy Hinshaw NC buck killed by Non Hunt in Guilford County NC in 1991……..170 B&C

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