Thousands Attend Monster Buck Classic

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-The Monster Buck Classic brought more than 3,000 people to the Expocentre, many of them drawn to the big competition, the Monster Buck contest.

"People love the horns. They love the big deer," said Vice President of the Northern American Shed's Hunter's Club, Tom Miller.

For Tom Hamel, it’s his first time at this event and the first competing.

He says it, "feels great, you know. There’s a lot of quality deer here. I think we’ve got one here to compete with everything."

150 hunting enthusiasts vied for the title of "King of Kansas." Judges say evaluating the antlers is a tedious process.

"You have to measure each individual antler and so forth," said Miller.

Visitors also enjoyed a variety of activities from 3-d bow ranges to meeting celebrities, such as Lee and Tiffany Lakosky from the hunting television show, "The Crush."

Organizers say the turnout was phenomenal and that this event is one for the record books.

"This event ranks at the top and it is unbelievable," said Miller.

The last day of the Monster Buck Classic is Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have a wristband, you can still use it for Sunday. Drew Switzer will be there to announce the winner of the Monster Buck contest.