Whitetails, Muleys bring in big ‘bucks’

When it came to Mule Deer, (from left to right) it was Chantel Murphy, Russ Heiser, winner Tristan LeeTel Fisher and Monty Carson, who picked up awards for their antlers Saturday at the Buckskin Bar and Grill in Killdeer. Submitted photo by Wendell Vigen

The biggest buck was the final take Saturday at the annual Killdeer Big Buck Show.

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At an event where prizes are given to the antlers of Mule Deer and Whitetail Deer, the fact that the competition and auction raised more than $11,000 meant more than $22,000 will be donated to the Hill Top Home of Comfort for a planned miniature golf course.

According to one of the organizers, Wendell Vigen, the $11,245 raised Saturday will be matched by an anonymous donor which will raise the total to $22,490 that will be going to the project.

“The 2018/2019 Killdeer Big Buck Contest was a huge success,” he said.

It was Krystal Abentroth who won won the Whitetail title with 187 inches, Vigen said.

White Tail winners were Krystal Abentroth, Dillan Hugelen, Marcus Fridley and James Lengrel (from left to right) who picked up awards for their antlers Saturday at the Buckskin Bar and Grill in Killdeer. Submitted photo by Wendell Vigen

Among the Mule Deer bucks, it was Tristan Lee who claimed the title with one measured at 197 2/8 inches.

“There were lots of super nice bucks,” Vigen added, while also thanking the Buckskin Bar and Grill for hosting the event and being on of the sponsors.

He also wanted to thank all the people who worked on the event. “The Killdeer community should be super proud of how, when everyone works together, you can have a great event in our own small town.”

In addition, Vigen wanted to thank the 42 sponsors who donated cash, door prizes and items for the auction Saturday.

The biggest auction item was a Montana hunting trip which went for more than $6,000.


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