2024 Virginia State Big Game Contest

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The 85th Annual Bear, Deer, and Turkey Virginia Big Game Contest

Friday, August 2nd – Sunday August 4th, 2023

  • The 85th Annual Big Game Show will be held at State Fair Grounds in Doswell, Virginia.
  • Contest will feature an Eastern/Western Regional and State Finals.  A Historical category is included.
  • Game will be scored using the Virginia Scoring System.
  • Friday August 2nd, entries will be accepted from 12-6PM.
  • Saturday August 3trd, entries will be accepted from 9AM – 6PM.
  • Sunday August 4th, open 10AM – 5PM.  Awards Ceremony will start at 2:30PM.
  • Deer do not need to be mounted – Antlers on skull plate
  • Bear citations require a clean bear skull
  • Turkey citations require beard, feet and certified weight card – FROZEN ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!!!
  • $20 entry fee applies to all entires
  • VPSA Members are allowed free entry and 3 free entries into the contest (except historical). VPSA membership is $20/annually.

The VPSA Scholarship

Submit Application by May 31st

The Virginia Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association (VPSA) Scholarship was established by the VPSA Board of Directors in 2022 to enable the next generation of sportsmen and women to further outdoor conservation efforts through their undergraduate study. VPSA will award one $500 scholarship annually.

About the VPSA

History

In 1940, the VPSA founded the oldest and most prestigious Big Game Contest in the state of Virginia.

Membership

VPSA members can participate in the annual Big Game Contest and receive periodic updates on hunting regulations.

Resources

We have step-by-step instructions on how to score your big game. These guidelines are used by officials during the contest.

Contest

Stay up to date on the VPSA Big Game Contest and other events sponsored by the organization.

Past Contest Results

Each year the VPSA compiles the contest results in order to determine the placing for each class. If you would like to see an archive of our past contest, or determine how well your trophy compares to past winners, visit page below.