For the second year in a row, the Union County Health Care Foundation (UCHCF) looks to spark competition among local deer hunters.
Deer season officially began Saturday, and registration is currently under way for the Union County Health Care Foundation’s “Outdoorsman’s Dream Biggest Buck Competition.”
The winner will be awarded a “Biggest Buck” trophy and a $250 cash prize on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2013.
Those who are interested may register at the UCHCF office, which is located in the lobby of Wallace Thomson Hospital.
There is a $30 entry fee for those who register between Sept. 1-Nov. 30.
“I am looking forward to seeing how many hunters will take part in this competition — I am expecting quite a few,” said UCHCF Executive Director Catherine M. Childers. “Bragging rights for a year, a cash prize and being instrumental in improving health care in Union County! You can’t beat that.”
Childers also mentioned that the foundation would like to thank Ashley Turner State Farm for co-hosting the competition, as well as Henderson Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors for being a Monster Buck sponsor.
What To Do
1) Take your “Biggest Buck” to any deer cooler and have a validation ticket completed.
2) Fill out the information on the opposite side of validation ticket.
3) Have your picture taken with the deer.
4) Return validated ticket along with a picture of you and your deer to UCHCF, Attn: Catherine Childers, P.O. Box 156, Union, SC 29379 — or — take them to the UCHCF located in the lobby of Wallace Thomson Hospital.
The validation ticket and picture must be turned in by Jan. 3, 2013 to be eligible.
All racks will be judged by Boone and Crocket Club scoring system, of which details are available at www.boone-crockett.org.
During the first week of January, several comparable “biggest bucks” will be judged to determine the winner. A chosen few will be notified of a time and place to bring their racks for judging.
Last year’s competition was won by Gene Gregory, who bagged an eight-point buck weighing in at 185 pounds. Gregory said he shot the prize-winning buck during a hunting trip with his brother Gerald on property located just off Jerusalem Road.
Union County Health Care Foundation Vice Chair William Jeter said the Biggest Buck fundraiser serves more than one purpose.
“The purpose of having this is as a fundraiser for the Union County Health Care Foundation and to show people in the region the natural resources offered in Union County,” Jeter said. “And the fact that we have some of the best wildlife in South Carolina.”
Jeter also expressed thanks for those who have supported and continue to support the efforts of the foundation.
The Union County Health Care Foundation is a network of citizens whose goal is to identify and secure additional funding to supplement the efforts of Wallace Thomson Hospital, Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, Union County EMS and the medical community of Union County in providing high quality, cost effective health care.
The purpose of the Union County Health Care Foundation is to raise funds through charitable donations and fund raising events like the Biggest Buck Competition, which will be applied to the health care needs of the citizens of Union County.
For more information about contest registration or becoming a sponsor, contact Catherine Childers at (864) 301-2466 or firstname.lastname@example.org.