Hundreds of bucks, epic tales of preparation, perseverance, and luck… For more than a two decades, Outdoor Life’s Deer of the Year program has celebrated the in-the-field accomplishments of its audience, confirming that OL readers are the most knowledgeable, passionate, and enthusiastic deer hunters in America.

Today marks the kick-off our 2014/2015 Deer of the Year program, which promises to be our biggest and best ever. More gagger bucks. More stories of unbelievable accomplishment. More entries from every corner of North America.

Make no mistake, this is not your local big-buck contest. It’s a nationwide deer camp packed with sportsmen eager to share their photos, stories, strategies, and excitement. The Deer of the Year camp is full of mule deer, blacktail and whitetail hunters fortunate enough to have tagged their buck of a lifetime, their first deer ever, or hunters who just want to tell us a story of an awesome hunt. So pull up a stump and join Outdoor Life’s Deer of the Year.


Entering your buck makes you eligible for some great gear:

The deer chosen as our Deer of the Year will be featured on the cover of Outdoor Life’s September 2015 issue.

Our top 25 finalists will receive Gerber Vital Series game processing kits.

So, show us your best photo. Tell us your success story. Click here for a chance to be Outdoor Life’s 2015 Deer of the Year!