Truck-Buck Scoring Dates

Mark your calendars now and set a reminder in your phone.

Daryl Kirby | January 25, 2019

Bring your rack Feb. 16 to Tifton at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center or Feb. 23 to the GON office in Madison.

To compete for weekly prizes and a spot in the Truck-Buck Shoot-Out, an entrant’s rack must be officially scored during one of two GON scoring events. Any hunter with a buck entered in this season’s contest is invited to have the rack officially scored either in Tifton on Feb. 16 or in Madison on Feb. 23. During both dates, racks can be dropped off from 9 a.m. until noon. No racks will be accepted after the noon deadline. All racks must be picked up at a time specified the day of the event, likely between 1-3 p.m. It is impossible to give racks back in any order based on when they were dropped off. Also, we absolutely cannot accommodate special circumstances like a ball game, wedding, etc. and usher a rack through more quickly. Plan on it taking most of the day. Please bring patience! 

Winners will be required to take polygraph exams before competing in the Shoot-Out and earning contest prizes. 

No mounted heads or racks with split skull plates will be scored. We will measure velvet racks. Entrants are not required to deliver or retrieve their racks in person. However, if the person retrieving the rack is someone other than the entrant, they must show their picture ID and a letter signed by the entrant saying who is picking up the rack. Everyone picking up a rack will be asked to show photo ID.

Directions to the Tifton event: From I-75 take exit 64. Take Hwy 41 north (west of I-75) 0.2 miles, and take the first left on RDC Road. The Conference Center is on the left.

Directions to GON: From I-20 take the Madison/Hwy 441 exit, and go south 6 miles. Turn left at Seven Islands Road. GON is less than 1 mile on the left at 4331 Seven Islands Road, Madison. At the intersection of Bethany Church Road and Seven Islands Road.

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  1. jason on February 26, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Any Idea when we will know the final results?

    • Blackston on February 26, 2019 at 9:38 am

      I’m lookin too !!!! Maybe we will know something soon My little girl is excited to have a shot !!!!

    • Daryl on February 26, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      We’re working on it now and hoping we can make everything official by the end of the week.

  2. Richard Green on February 20, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    I killed my buck in Sept. and carried it to the taxidermy and told him I would pick up the rack to get it scored by Gon but he already has it mounted. Can I get it scored and send it to you or am I out of luck?

    • Daryl on February 20, 2019 at 11:17 pm

      For the contest, it has to show up at our scoring event and be unmounted. We’ve had folks get their taxidermist to take the skull plate and rack back out, but you’d want to be pretty sure you’re going to win your week to go through that trouble.

      • Richard Green on February 21, 2019 at 11:05 pm

        No don’t think he will win but wanted him in the county by county. Ill just get bobby Bond to score him and send it in to yall, thanks.

  3. worley33 on February 16, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    I had my buck scored today. What does the percentage at the bottom of my score sheet represent?

    • Daryl on February 16, 2019 at 8:56 pm

      It’s the percentage of your net score into the B&C minimum for their all-time record book (your net score divided by 170 if it was a typical, or 195 if it was non-typical.) It’s how the computer program compares if a rack nets better as a typical or non-typical.

  4. Emmett on January 25, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    So why did GON decide to no longer do north vs south ? In my opinion and most people that hunt in the northern zone the south will have the advantage

    • Daryl on January 26, 2019 at 9:27 am

      Emmett, thanks for taking the time to comment. The addition of ‘zones’ for Truck-Buck came about eight years ago as a quick fix to address the unexpected splitting of the state by the legislature to legalize baiting in the Southern Zone and not in the north. So we had seven years with winners from both zones, and then a ‘heads-up’ preliminary round to determine the weekly winners. But we overwhelmingly felt it didn’t work near as well as having a statewide winner every week of season, which is how Truck-Buck began in 1991—only competing against other GON members, and only against bucks taken during a single week of the season. Now all Georgia deer hunters have the same regulations. But before making the final decision to go back to classic Truck-Buck, we looked back at every week since the contest began 27 years ago, and it’s almost dead even on whether the weekly winners came from the old northern zone vs. the old southern zone. Thanks again for taking the time, and for being a part of the GON community.

  5. chadstephens on January 21, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Is it too late to enter a Youth? My son killed one on 12/24/2018.

    • Daryl on January 22, 2019 at 9:25 am

      Yes, the deadline has passed. Entries must be received within 7 business days (M-F) of the harvest.

  6. hollyspires on January 12, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Will there be a charge for the scoring?

    • Erika Cochran on January 14, 2019 at 8:26 am

      There is not a charge for the scoring. However, it is only for the bucks entered into the Truck-Buck contest.

      • hollyspires on January 14, 2019 at 9:13 am


  7. kirby8812 on January 8, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Can we bring the cape killed a old brute want his hide to stay whole

    • Erika Cochran on January 9, 2019 at 9:43 am

      Unfortunately, the deer must be capped out. Get the taxidermist to go ahead and cape it out and bring only the rack and clean skull plate.

  8. joep on December 13, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    So to be entered in the buck contest the rack has to b scored on feb 16th. I already took it to be mounted

    • Daryl on December 14, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Most taxidermists don’t start on a buck immediately, so maybe you can still call and tell him to hold off. We just don’t have the space during the scoring events to handle mounted heads.

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