Florida Buck-of-the-Year Contest

2006 Buck of the Year Winners

First Place

Cody Thomas of Savannah, Ga. harvested this trophy whitetail that scored a gross Boone and Crockett score of 165 4/8 and a net score of 154 6/8. The net score earned Thomas a tie for the state’s 10th highest-scoring, typical white-tailed deer on record.


Second Place

Jeremy Benton poses with his runner-up Hamilton County giant just after it was killed. The awesome 10-point had two abnormal points that deducted from its 151-6/8 gross score.


Third Place

Chap Brown of West Palm Beach tied for the number three typical harvested in Florida with this awesome symmetrical 12-point. The gorgeous rack had six perfectly matched points on each antler and only 3-5/8 inches in deductions to net 143 inches.



Rodney Leonard of Jacksonville gave all North Florida public land hunters inspiration with a 10-point typical buck taken on Nov. 20 while hunting in Jennings Forest Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Clay County. FWC Biologist Allan Hallman green-scored the rack without any deductions at 168 inches under the B&C scoring system.



Al Harrison of Wewahitchka took the fifth-highest scoring typical buck in the state last season with this 11-pointer harvested in Gulf County. The buck gross scored at 145-1/8 inches and netted 140-7/8 inches.



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Troy Norton's #7 Typical buck featured an impressive 10-point rack that according to FWC biologists gross scored 139-1/2 and netted 136-1/4 Boone and Crockett inches. Troy harvested the trophy during the 2005-06 archery season.



Mark Cassidy of Inverness took the #8 spot in the Florida “Buck of the Year” contest with this gigantic 10-point harvested in his local woods. The rack grossed scored 137-3/8 and after deductions netted 136 inches.



Robert Martins of Homestead harvested the ninth-place whitetail in the contest dropping this beautiful 10-point in late November. The rack gross scored 137-3/8-inches and netted 134-3/8 on the Boone and Crockett scale.



John P. Jordan rounded out the top ten with this fine peanut-eating panhandle bruiser. The whitetail grossed 140-7/8 and netted 133-1/2 B&C inches.