Official Rules & Regulations, Firearm Division 2020
The following rules and regulations are intended solely for the North American Whitetail Championship (NAWTC) Gun Division. Interpretation and enforcement of the NAWTC rules and regulations is vested exclusively with the NAWTC Rules and Regulations Enforcement Committee. The NAWTC reserves the right to change, add to, delete, elaborate, edit, etc. any and all NAWTC rules and regulations at any time prior to and during the NAWTC competition with proper notice being provided to all registrants of the NAWTC. It is the sole responsibility of each registered hunter to read and understand the rules and regulations of the NAWTC including any and all updates and changes. The NAWTC rules and regulations, and any and all updates and changes thereto, shall be published on the NAWTC website at www.nawtc.com. Each and every hunter who registers with the NAWTC agrees that he/she has read and agrees to be bound by the NAWTC rules and regulations. In the event of a rule violation, the NAWTC Rules and regulations Enforcement Committee may impose sanctions as deemed appropriate by the Committee including, without limitation, disqualification, forfeiture of prizes and entry fees, and prohibition from participation in subsequent NAWTC sanctioned competitions or events. The NAWTC Rules and Regulations Enforcement Committee official ruling shall be final in all matters.
- Compliance with Federal and State Hunting Laws, Regulations, and Ordinances. Each and every hunter registered with the NAWTC shall strictly adhere to any and all applicable Federal and State hunting laws, regulations, and ordinances. A violation of any Federal or State hunting law, regulation, or ordinance shall result in immediate disqualification of the violating hunter from the NAWTC. Moreover, any information obtained by the NAWTC from the violating hunter shall be provided to the appropriate law enforcement agency. The NAWTC will cooperate with all law enforcement with respect to any violation or suspected violation of hunting laws, regulations, or ordinances. In the event the NAWTC becomes aware that a hunter may have violated a hunting law, regulation, or ordinance, or that a hunter may have violated one of these NAWTC Rules & Regulations, the NAWTC has sole discretion to investigate such violation and take whatever action it sees fit in response thereto. All hunters registered with the NAWTC agree and understand that the NAWTC and the NAWTC Rules and Regulations Enforcement Committee have the exclusive authority to take this action, and that such action is not appealable to any forum or tribunal.
- Honesty and Code of Conduct. Hunters shall at all times conduct themselves in an honest and ethical manner. NAWTC participants shall not knowing falsify any information or documentation, and must implore honesty and integrity in any and all interactions and transactions with those persons associated with the NAWTC competition and individuals associated with regulatory agencies. Any hunter who violates any of the provisions of the Hunter’s Code of Conduct will be subject to disqualification from the NAWTC, forfeiture of prizes and winnings, and permanent ban from future NAWTC competitions.
- Participant Eligibility and Registration. The NAWTC competition is open to all persons 18 years of age or older who properly register in one or more of the qualifying regions. All hunters must register online by 11:59 p.m. on November 31, 2020 by using NAWTC’s official website, www.nawtc.com. Any attempts at registration after November 31, 2020 will be rejected. Each hunter who registers with the NAWTC will receive an official welcome email from the NAWTC confirming that hunter’s registration and official individualized NAWTC login identification as well as additional details concerning the competition. The individualized NAWTC login identification is required for the hunter to register his/her deer. It is important to understand that hunters must use the Official NAWTC game camera to record the hunt. The Official NAWTC Tactacam Film Through Camera (“Official NAWTC Camera”) is supplied by the NAWTC, which requires reasonable time for shipping. Any submission using a non-Official NAWTC game camera will be denied.
- Official NAWTC Registration Packet. Following the hunter’s online registration with the NAWTC, each hunter will receive an official NAWTC Registration Packet. This packet will include an Official NAWTC Camera with specific instructions on use of the camera, official NAWTC Scoring Tape with specific instruction on use of the Scoring Tape, and other information.
- Regional Qualifying Hunt. The Regional Qualifying Hunt shall commence September 1,2020 and conclude on January 31, 2021, and is a GUN-ONLY HUNT. The Hunter may use any firearm so long as it is legal to use by him/her in his/her area. There are six (6) regions established across the country, which may be viewed at the official NAWTC website, www.nawtc.com. Each registration is valid for the region for which the hunter registers. A hunter may register in as many regions as he/she desires; however, a separate registration (including fee) is required for each region. Each hunter is responsible for obtaining and paying for his/her own license, permit, and/or game tag to hunt in the State for the Region in which he/she has registered and in the State he/she will hunt.
5.1 Each hunter must hunt in the Region in which he/she has registered. In the event a hunter harvests a deer in a region for which he/she has not registered, that hunter shall be immediately disqualified from the NAWTC competition, and the NAWTC may take further actions as it sees fit to sanction the violation.
5.2 This is a FAIR CHASE hunting competition only. Fair Chase, as defined by the Boone & Crockett Club, is the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, native North American big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals. This means that any and all “high-fence” and/or game-farm hunting is strictly prohibited. In the event the NAWTC becomes aware that any hunter registered with the NAWTC enters or submits a buck harvested from a high-fence or game farm hunt, the hunter taking that buck shall be immediately and permanently disqualified from the NAWTC and all NAWTC competitions and events. That hunter further understands and agrees that his/her registration fee and any and all prizes or money obtained through the NAWTC shall be forfeited.
5.3 Professional Hunters are strictly prohibited from participating in this hunting competition. The term “Professional Hunter” shall be defined to include any person who receives his/her primary income from killing deer. In the event the NAWTC becomes aware that a Professional Hunter has registered with the NAWTC, the Professional Hunter shall be immediately and permanently disqualified from the NAWTC and all NAWTC competitions and events. That hunter further understands and agrees that his/her registration fee and any and all prizes or money obtained through the NAWTC shall be forfeited.
5.4 Family members of owners, officers, and employees of the NAWTC are strictly prohibited from participating in this hunting competition. In the event the NAWTC becomes aware that a family member of an owner, officer, or employee of the NAWTC has registered with the NAWTC, that person shall be immediately disqualified from the NAWTC competition and shall forfeit any and all prizes or money obtained through the NAWTC.
5.5 Each hunter must capture the kill and harvest of the deer using the Official NAWTC Camera provided in the Official NAWTC Registration Packet unless NAWTC has provided written authorization to the hunter on a case by case basis. This includes the following requirements: (i) Hunter must capture real-time video (using Official NAWTC Camera) of the kill; (ii) immediately after deer is dead or out of sight, Hunter must remove the camera from the gun and capture his/her reaction (DO NOT POINT THE GUN AT YOURSELF OR ANYONE ELSE – THIS COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SEVERE BODILY INJURY) and provide details of the kill, including date, time, location and description of deer shot; (iii) with the camera still removed from the gun, Hunter must capture the “Hero-Picture”, i.e. picture of Hunter with the dead deer , and (iv) Hunter must take video of the hunter properly measuring the deer using the Scoring Tape provided to each hunter in the Official NAWTC Registration Packet (specific instructions on how to properly measure the deer in accordance with Boone & Crockett gross scoring is included in the Official Registration Packet and/or available on the NAWTC website). The hunter is granted a total of forty-eight (48) hours to recover the deer. Video of the kill and harvest must be submitted to the NAWTC within twenty four (24) hours of recovering the deer using the NAWTC’s official website, www.nawtc.com. The hunter will receive an official email confirmation of the submission verifying that the submission has been received. Under no circumstances shall a hunter be permitted to submit his/her video prior to 48 hours after registration, so be sure to register in enough time to include your monster buck in this year’s hunt. Each hunter is responsible for adhering to these mandatory requirements. In the event Hunter fails to comply with any one or more of these requirements, Hunter and/or Hunter’s submission may be disqualified and further actions may be taken by the NAWTC as determined on a case by case basis.
5.6 The single-highest Boone & Crockett gross scored deer from each Region shall be crowned the Regional Winner, and the hunter associated with that deer shall receive an automatic entry in the Championship at Wicked Outfitters in Kansas. In the event there is a tie for the highest Boone & Crockett gross score, the longest G-2 shall determine the winner. In the event there is a tie for the longest G-2, the widest spread (outside measurement) shall determine the winner. Each Regional Winner shall consent to, and if requested shall take, a lie detector test concerning the kill and harvest, as administered by an independent person certified to administer a lie detector test. The cost associated with the test shall be borne by the NAWTC. The results of the official Boone & Crockett scoring and the results of the lie detector test shall be provided to the involved hunter.
5.7 In the event the buck with highest Boone & Crockett score is within two (2) inches from the buck with the second-highest Boone & Crockett score, the NAWTC shall have each buck independently scored by a certified Boone & Crockett score person at no cost to the hunter. The hunter may be required to transport the buck to the certified Boone & Crockett score person and the cost of transportation shall be borne by the hunter.
5.8 Each and every hunter must strictly adhere to and comply with the hunting laws, regulations, and ordinances of the State in which he/she hunts. Any violation of a hunting law, regulation, or ordinance is grounds for immediately disqualification from the NAWTC, forfeiture of registration fee and prizes, and ban from future NAWTC competitions and events. By registering with the NAWTC, each and every hunter certifies that he/she shall abide by any and all federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances applicable to the hunter, and understands that any information (regardless of medium) received by the NAWTC from the hunter constituting evidence of a violation of said law, regulation, or ordinance shall be turned over to the proper authorities.
5.9 Each and every hunter shall abide by the NAWTC Rules and Regulations. Any violation of the NAWTC Rules and Regulations shall be reviewed by the NAWTC Rules and Regulations Enforcement Committee, which shall have sole and exclusive discretion to take whatever appropriate action it deems just and necessary. The decision of the NAWTC Rules and Regulations Enforcement Committee is final and not appealable. In the event the NAWTC becomes aware that a hunter may have violated a hunting law, regulation, or ordinance, or that a hunter may have violated one of these NAWTC Rules & Regulations, the NAWTC has sole discretion to investigate such violation and take whatever action it sees fit in response thereto. All hunters registered with the NAWTC agree and understand that the NAWTC and the NAWTC Rules and Regulations Enforcement Committee have the exclusive authority to take this action, and that such action is not appealable to any forum or tribunal.
- Championship Hunt. The Championship Hunt consists of an all-expense paid 5-day guided Hunt at Wicked Outfitters in Kansas, and shall occur in September of 2021. This is a MUZZLELOADER-ONLY HUNT. The six (6) Regional Hunt gun hunt winners, fourteen (14) Regional Hunt bow hunt winners, the three (3) man team hunt winners and the two (2) Drawing Winners shall be included in the Championship Hunt.
- 6.1.Each hunter is responsible for obtaining and paying for his/her own license, permit, and/or game tag to hunt in the State of Kansas for the Championship. The State of Kansas grants licenses through a lottery. The NAWTC will provide specific instructions and live-person guidance on the application process. In the event a Championship hunter is not successful in obtaining a license for the Championship, that hunter may elect one of two options: (i) Hunt the Championship using a bow during the same period of time in Missouri (same rules, benefits, and prizes apply); or (ii) forego the 2020 Championship Hunt and be automatically included in the 2021 Championship Hunt. All hunters eligible to participate in the Championship hunt acknowledge and agree that the NAWTC is not liable or responsible for the hunter not being issued a license or game tag by the State of Kansas.
- 6.2.Each hunter will be provided with all lodging, food, beverages and a personal guide. Each hunter will randomly draw for stand locations which will be their designated hunting areas for the entire 5-days of the Championship. Each hunter will not have the opportunity to scout the locations he/she has drawn prior to the hunt. Each hunter will be accompanied with an Official NAWTC camera person throughout the Championship Hunt.
- 6.3.All hunters participating in the Championship acknowledge and understand that factors outside the control of NAWTC may come into play during their Championship hunt including, but not limited to, interference from property owners, neighboring property owners, regulatory personnel, weather, animals, etc. All hunters hereby acknowledge and agree that NAWTC shall not be held liable or responsible for any interference of any kind during and throughout the Championship hunt.
- 6.4.The hunter who harvests the highest Boone & Crockett gross scored Buck at the Championship will be crowned THE 2020-2021 NORTH AMERICAN WHITETAIL CHAMPION and will take home the grand prize of $50,000.00. The hunter harvesting the 2nd highest Boone & Crockett gross scored Buck at the Championship receives a prize of $20,000.00. The hunter harvesting the 3rd highest Boone & Crockett gross scored Buck at the Championship receives a prize of $5,000.00. Each hunter winning prize money at the Championship shall receive an IRS Form 1099 for said payment, and be solely and exclusively responsible for any and all tax payments, tax treatment or other government liability associated with that prize money. Each and every hunter receiving prize money from the Championship agrees that if the Internal Revenue Service or any other applicable federal or state taxing authority asserts any claim of any kind against NAWTC relative to the payment of prize money to the hunter, the hunter agrees to indemnify and hold NAWTC harmless for any cost, loss, liability, or expense (including reasonable attorney’s fees and costs) which may arise, in any way, out of such claims.
- Ownership/Publication Rights. Each and every participant in the NAWTC understands and agrees that any and all photographs, videos, and recordings of any kind of the participant belong to the NAWTC, and that the NAWTC has the sole and exclusive right to publish such photographs, videos, and recordings, as well as the participant’s name and likeness, in any legal manner it sees fit without further consent or permission from the participant. Each and every participant in the NAWTC understands, agrees and grants consent and permission that any and all personal information, photographs, videos, recordings and personal of any kind can be provided to and used in any legal manner by the sponsors of the NAWTC. Each and every participant further understands and agrees that he/she shall receive no compensation for NAWTC’s use of photographs, videos, and recordings of participant(s).
- Safety; Waiver and Release of Liability. Each and every hunter who registers with the NAWTC understands and acknowledges the paramount requirement of a safe hunt. Each and every hunter is responsible for his/her own safety. Each and every hunter who has registered with the NAWTC hereby waives, releases, and fully discharges NAWTC and its owners, agents, representatives, attorneys, assigns, successors, predecessors, officers, directors, managers, insurers, fiduciaries, and other legal representatives from any and all claims, actions, causes of action, obligations for damages (including but not limited to compensatory, exemplary and punitive damages), losses, expenses, attorneys’ fees and costs, and any and all other claims for damages resulting from and in any way related to the hunter’s participation in the NAWTC.