MISSION STATEMENT: To promote ethical hunting, good sportsmanship, and conservation through education, game management, respect and appreciation of our natural resources & to bring recognition to Arkansas and its sportsmen for the quality of whitetails produced.
The Arkansas Big Buck Classic was started in 1990 to recognize the quality of whitetail deer Arkansas was producing. There was no internet and only those in an immediate local area ever knew about the big deer being harvested. There was occasionally a picture in the newspaper or stories were told at the local check-in spots, coffee shops, or at the taxidermy. However, only a few folks actually got to hear the hunter's story firsthand.
At that time, no matter what part of Arkansas a hunter was in, another region received the credit for producing the biggest bucks. Northern hunters said there were no big deer down south. Some said the mountains with its acorns didn't produce big deer like the Delta with its soybeans (or vice versa). Public land hunters thought all the big deer were harvested in huge private hunting clubs. Since a few hundred people attended the first Arkansas Big Buck Classic at an indoor archery range in Jacksonville in 1990, practically every long-held myth concerning big deer in Arkansas has been dispelled. There have been BIG DEER from every corner of the state including on private and public land!
The BBC GIVES BACK TO ARKANSAS!
The Big Buck Classic has donated over $100,000 to various causes including Make-A-Wish for Arkansas, Shriner's Hospitals for Children, Scholarships for students, Arkansas Hunters for the Hungry, Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation, as well as funding a Whitetail Education Center and Nature Boardwalk at the 4H Center in Ferndale, AR., where thousands of kids are exposed to the outdoors each year. The BBC is a supporter of the Archery in Arkansas Schools program. It is and will continue to be a priority of the Big Buck Classic organization to give back to the community of hunters in Arkansas.
Each January, thousands of people attend the Arkansas Big Buck Classic. Generations of Arkansas hunters get to see quality deer harvested from every region of the state, and hunters have the opportunity to tell their story of the one that did or DIDN'T get away. We hope you will come and enjoy the Big Buck Classic experience and continue the legacy that is hunting in the Natural State.