OFFICIAL RULES & REGULATIONS

Introduction

The North American Whitetail Championship is a competition like no other. Fourteen (14) regional winners and four (4) drawing winners will win the chance to participate in the North American Whitetail Championship event in the land of giants, at Wicked Outfitters in Kansas. The competition is open to everyone that enters in one or more of the qualified regions.

Regional Qualifiers: The North American Whitetail Championship will begin in 2018 with archery qualifying regional competitions. There will be 14 qualifying regions. The regionals will begin on September 1, 2018 and end on January 31, 2019. Each hunter will hunt his/her respective region in accordance with the laws, regulations, and ordinances of the State in which he/she hunts and in compliance with the NAWTC Rules and regulations & Regulations. The skilled hunter who harvests the largest Pope & Young gross scored buck (note: Pope & Young is a scoring system, and can be used to score any buck regardless of size) in his/her Region will be crowned the winner of his/her Region and qualify for the North American Whitetail Championship. Regional qualification is ARCHERY ONLY.

Four (4) Lucky Drawing Winners: In addition to the 14 Regional Winners, all hunters who have entered the North American Whitetail Championship will have an additional chance to qualify for the Championship at Wicked Outfitters in Kansas. Two (2) hunters will qualify through an Entry Drawing, which consists of every hunter who has properly registered for the NAWTC and who successfully harvests a deer and enters the deer as part of the Regional Qualifying Hunt. Two (2) additional hunters will qualify through a Product Drawing, which consists of every hunter who has properly registered for the NAWTC and who purchases one or more products from one of our sponsors. The two hunters randomly picked from the Entry Drawing and the two hunters randomly picked from the Product Drawing will join the fourteen (14) Regional winners at the Championship at Wicked Outfitters in Kansans. 

THE NORTH AMERICAN WHITETAIL CHAMPIONSHIP. The North American Whitetail Championship Regional winners along with the four (4) drawing winners will earn a spot at the Championship at Wicked Outfitters in Kansas to compete for the Title of North American Whitetail Champion and a $50,000.00 Grand Prize.  The Championship will be a 5-day guided MUZZLELOADER deer hunt at Wicked Outfitters in Kansas, to be held in the fall of 2019. Each hunter will be provided with all lodging, food, beverages and a personal guide. Each hunter will randomly draw for 3 wind dependent stand locations which will be their designated hunting areas for the entire 5-days of the Championship. The hunter who harvests the largest Boone & Crockett gross scored Buck (note: Boone & Crocket is a scoring system, and can be used to score any buck regardless of size) at the Championship will be crowned THE 2018-2019 NORTH AMERICAN WHITETAIL CHAMPION and will take home the grand prize of $50,000.00 and North American Whitetail Champion Bow. The hunter harvesting the 2nd Boone & Crockett gross scored Buck at the Championship receives a prize of $20,000.00 and the 3rd largest Boone & Crockett gross scored Buck at the Championship receives a prize of $5,000.00.

NAWTC Rules & Regulations

The following rules and regulations are intended solely for the North American Whitetail Championship (NAWTC). 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 fourteen qualifying regions. All hunters must register online by 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2018 by using NAWTC’s official website, www.nawtc.com. Any attempts at registration after December 1, 2018 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 providing the hunter with his/her official individualized NAWTC identification number as well as additional details concerning the competition. The individualized NAWTC identification number is required for the hunter to register his/her deer in the Regional Qualifying Hunt. It is important to understand that hunters must use the Official NAWTC game camera to record the hunt. The Official NAWTC game camera is supplied by the NAWTC in the Registration Packet, which requires reasonable time for shipping. Any submission using a non-Official NAWTC game camera will be denied.

  4. 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 the hunter’s individualized NAWTC identification number, an official NAWTC sanctioned game camera with specific instructions on use of the game camera, official NAWTC Trophy Tape with specific instruction on use of the Trophy Tape, a copy of these NAWTC Rules and Regulations, and other products and information.

  5. Regional Qualifying Hunt. The Regional Qualifying Hunt shall commence on September 1, 2018 and conclude on January 31, 2019, and is an ARCHERY-ONLY HUNT. There are fourteen (14) 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 game camera provided in the Official NAWTC Registration Packet. This includes the following requirements: (i) Hunter must take snapshot (using Official NAWTC game camera) of the exact location where he/she hunts at the time of the hunt; (ii) if using a tree-stand, ground blind, or other stand/blind-type apparatus, Hunter must take brief video (using Official NAWTC game camera) of surrounding area from on/within the stand/blind at the time of the hunt; (iii) Hunter must capture real-time video (using Official NAWTC game camera) of the kill; (iv) immediately after deer is dead or out of sight, Hunter must turn Official NAWTC game camera towards him/her and capture real-time video of Hunter’s face while Hunter provides details of the kill, including date, time, location and description of deer shot; (v) Hunter must capture real-time video (using Official NAWTC game camera) of the tracking and harvest of the deer; and (vi) Hunter must capture real-time video (using Official NAWTC game camera) of the hunter properly measuring the deer using the Trophy Tape provided to each hunter in the Official NAWTC Registration Packet (specific instructions on how to properly measure the deer in accordance with Pope & Young gross scoring is included in the Official Registration Packet). The video of the kill and harvest must be submitted to the NAWTC within twenty four (24) hours of the kill 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. 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 five (5) highest Pope & Young gross scored deer from each Region shall be independently scored by a certified Pope & Young score person at no cost to the hunter. The hunter may, however, be required to transport the deer to the certified Pope & Young score person, and the cost of transportation shall be borne by the hunter. Each of these five (5) hunters shall consent to and 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 Pope & Young scoring and the results of the lie-detector test shall be provided to each respective hunter.

          5.7  The single-highest Pope & Young 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 Pope & Young 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.

          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.

     6. Drawing Winners: All hunters who have properly registered for the NAWTC have a chance to qualify for the Championship at Wicked Outfitters in Kansas. Two (2) hunters will qualify through an Entry Drawing, which consists of every hunter who has properly registered for the NAWTC and who successfully harvests a deer and enters the deer as part of the Regional Qualifying Hunt. Two (2) additional hunters will qualify through a Product Drawing, which consists of every hunter who has properly registered for the NAWTC and who purchases one or more products from a NAWTC sponsor. All NAWTC sponsors shall be located on the official NAWTC website, www.nawtc.com. A purchase of a NAWTC product of $1.00-$100 shall result in a single entry for that hunter. A purchase of a NAWTC product of $101-$200 shall result in two entries for that hunter. A purchase of a NAWTC product of $201-$300 shall result in three entries for that hunter. A purchase of a NAWTC product of $301-$499 shall result in four entries for that hunter. A purchase of a NAWTC product of $500 or greater shall result in five entries for that hunter. The two hunters randomly picked from the Entry Drawing and the two hunters randomly picked from the Product Drawing will join the fourteen (14) Regional winners at the Championship at Wicked Outfitters in Kansans. A Regional Hunt winner cannot be a Drawing Winner. In the event a Regional Hunt winner is picked in the drawing, the NAWTC shall draw another name until a non-Regional Hunt winner is picked.

     7. 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, 2019. This is a MUZZLELOADER-ONLY HUNT. The fourteen (14) Regional Hunt winners and the four (4) Drawing Winners shall be included in the Championship Hunt. 

          7.1   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 2019 Championship Hunt and be automatically included in the 2020 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. 

          7.2   Each hunter will be provided with all lodging, food, beverages and a personal guide. Each hunter will randomly draw for 3 wind dependent stand locations which will be their designated hunting areas for the entire 5-days of the Championship. Each hunter will 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. 

          7.3   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. 

          7.4   The hunter who harvests the highest Boone & Crockett gross scored Buck at the Championship will be crowned THE 2018-2019 NORTH AMERICAN WHITETAIL CHAMPION and will take home the grand prize of $50,000.00 and North American Whitetail Champion Bow. 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.

   8.  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 further understands and agrees that he/she shall receive no compensation for NAWTC’s use of photographs, videos, and recordings of participant(s). 

  9.  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.