by Robert Bell
ARKANSAS BIG BUCK CLASSIC
9 a.m. Arkansas State Fairgrounds. $5-$10.
Apparently, back in the olden days, like before 1990 or so, there was rampant BS-ing among outdoorsmen about deer killing. You'd always hear about so-and-so's cousin, who, swear-to-God, killed a 48-point buck over in Boone County with a .22 short that was a direct hit to the heart.
Nowadays, if you want to find out who bagged the biggest buck in the state, you can head out to this here annual event, with its certified judging and its rules and whatnot. There are awards for several categories and divisions, including muzzleloaders, bows and crossbows, modern weapons, ladies and youth. You can also scope some live deer, shop from hundreds of vendor booths, get your fill at the chili cook-off, check out knife-making demonstrations and plenty more.