Rack Madness returns to the Wildlife Department headquarters in Oklahoma City on March 1, 2022.
Ever wonder how the deer, elk, pronghorn, or black bear you bagged might stack up against the best of the state’s Cy Curtis Award winners? You can find out on March 1 as Rack Madness returns live and in-person to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation headquarters.
This event welcomes the public to bring in their antlers, horns, or skulls for professional scoring by ODWC personnel. Anyone who brings an item for scoring might end up winning a prize drawing, including the grand prize: an Oklahoma Lifetime Combination Hunting and Fishing License valued at $775, provided by the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation.
This year, the grand-prize winner will not need to be present to win but must be eligible to hold a lifetime license and will have the option to transfer the prize to someone else who is eligible.
Rack Madness will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at 1801 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City. Attendees will also find the Operation Game Thief trailer with its "Oklahoma Wall of Shame," and great camaraderie among fellow sportsmen and sportswomen!
Scoring will be handled on a walk-in, first-come, first-served basis. There is a two-item scoring limit per person. To qualify, antlers must both be attached to the skull plate whether mounted or unmounted. In addition to white-tailed and mule deer antlers, scoring will be available for elk antlers, antelope horns and bear skulls.
Hunters whose officially scored items meet the required minimum scores will be eligible for the ODWC’s Cy Curtis Awards Program, which recognizes trophy Oklahoma mule deer, elk, antelope, and black bear as well as the hunters who harvest them. The program began in 1972 and is named for a former Department wildlife biologist who is recognized as the person most responsible for the restoration of white-tailed deer populations in Oklahoma.
Cy Curtis qualifying scores are 135 points for typical deer and 150 points for nontypical deer. Elk, black bear and pronghorn are also eligible for the Cy Curtis Award record book. For more information about how to apply for a Cy Curtis Award, visit the Cy Curtis page.
Participants should register for the event through Go Outdoors Oklahoma.
-Don P. Brown is a communication specialist for the Wildlife Department and the associate editor of "Outdoor Oklahoma" magazine.