32nd Annual Truck-Buck Contest

The best big-buck contest in the land is back with $1,500 prizes packages for the best buck each week of Georgia's deer season, plus a chance at a brand new pickup truck.

GON Staff | August 13, 2020

They say nothing lasts forever. Don’t know who “they” are, but apparently they aren’t aware of a little outdoor magazine in Georgia and the best big-buck contest ever dreamed up anywhere, anytime.

GON’s Truck-Buck contest is back for the 32nd year, with another grand prize truck from John Megel Chevrolet and weekly prizes that start with guns or bows valued at more than $1,100—every week of deer season.

This year we will give away our 32nd pickup truck to the winner of the Truck-Buck Shoot-Out. Thanks to sponsor John Megel Chevy, who has been with GON since Day 1, the contest awards a new Chevy pickup truck to a Georgia deer hunter each year.

Make sure your GON membership is up-to-date. And also make sure to thank each and every one of our Truck-Buck contest sponsors. Y’all have a crazy good big-buck contest. Please don’t take it for granted. The contest doesn’t happen without our sponsors, our GON members, and the GON staff who do all the work behind the scenes to pull this contest off year after year.

When you win your week, you automatically earn a huge weekly prize package—a bow, rifle or muzzleloader, plus an HSS safety harness and a bag of attractant two Corn Spike products from 4S Wildlife.

We also have a great sponsors for the four wildcard winners. The wildcard winners earn a $250 gift card from Agri Supply, plus they also get the three products from 4S and the HSS safety harness. The wildcards are for the highest-scoring buck by a youth, lady or public-land hunter that doesn’t win a week. There is also a Runner-Up Wildcard for the highest-scoring buck that doesn’t win a week (the best second-place buck of any week).

Entering the GON Truck-Buck contest is simple. First, be a GON member, which means you have a paid subscription to the magazine. When you kill a buck, first take digital photos before you cape the buck. Then go to and fill out the online entry form and upload your pictures. The online entry process is super simple, but if the Internet isn’t your thing, hunters can still enter the old-fashioned way by filling out the paper entry form found on page 62 of this August magazine and mailing the entry and photos to the GON office. Next to the entry form on page 63 are the complete official rules for the contest.

Rule No. 1: you can’t kill a buck, then subscribe, and then try to enter. The contest is for GON members—supporters of the magazine.

If you are 23 and living with your parents, you need to buy your own subscription. Only dependent kids (claimed as dependent on parents’ taxes) can enter on a subscription. Grandparents, please buy a gift subscription for the grandkids! The kids even have their own contest. See page 86 for info on the Youth Big-Buck Contest.

The Truck-Buck contest is divided into scoring periods that coincide with the weeks of deer season. Each week, the best buck entered statewide wins prizes and earns a spot in the Shoot-Out. You don’t have to kill the biggest buck in the state, just the highest-scoring buck during a week of the deer season.

Here are the prizes for the 2020-21 Truck-Buck contest:

• The winner of the Shoot-Out next summer will drive away in a new 4×4 Chevy Silverado pickup truck from John Megel Chevrolet.

• 12 Browning X-Bolt Stainless Stalker deer rifles.

• 4 Mathews VXR compound bows.

For the four weeks of bow season, the weekly winners will receive the new Mathews VXR bows—suggested retail price is $1,099!

• 21 personalized GON Shoot-Out jerseys from Realtree.

• 21 HSS safety harnesses from Hunter Safety System.

• .45 caliber CVA Paramount Nitride/Green Muzzleloader.

The Week 5 winner, which is the primitive-weapons/youth week, gets the new CVA Paramount. Unlike any muzzleloading rifle before, the CVA Paramount handles super-magnum charges for high-velocity range exceeding 300 yards.

• 21 bags of 4S Wildlife Draw and 21 Corn Spike products.

• 17 Havalon Talon Hip Holster Sets

• 4 $250 gift cards from Agri Supply.

Take a few minutes to thank the Truck-Buck sponsors. And when you do business, do so with the folks who support us and Georgia hunting.

Don’t miss out on this awesome big-buck contest. Simply be a GON member (paid magazine subscriber), kill a buck, take photos, and then enter at

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