$$$2016 GON Turkey Challenge Official Rules$$$

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Gator8em

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2016 GON/Woody's Turkey Challenge!

This is a turkey hunting contest that is open to woody’s members that are willing to hunt all season and put forth 100% effort for their team. If you only hunt one or two weekends this is not for you.

Be sure to read all the rules before entering the contest.


Judging

1. There are 5 anonymous judges that will evaluate the pictures and assign points. The members entering the birds will not assign points as in previous years.
2. Each judge will evaluate the pictures and give me his/her assessment of what the score should be. I will take the 5 scores and average them to the nearest half point for the final score.
3. (6) Six strands of the beard are required to hit that length to qualify for bonus points.
4. All Spur Bonus Point pictures must be measured from any inch line.

Entry Requirements

1. Anyone wishing to join the turkey challenge must have been a member of the GON forum as of January 1st 2016...No one who joins the GON forum after January 1st can participate in the 2016 challenge.
2. Also anyone wishing to join should have a post count of 250 or more quality post or pay a penalty entry fee. No “padding� post numbers! If you are found to be padding your post count the Admins/Mods can and will delete your posts.(You can find you post count by clicking your name at the top right and you will find your post count in the mini statistics box on the right side of the page)

Entry Fee
1. Entry Fee is $10 per member for any member meeting the 250 post count and $20 for any member not meeting the required post count. (this rule is currently under review and could change)
2. Entry fee can be paid via PayPal, cash, check, or money order (make checks out to Michael Williams).
3. If you send a bad check you will be disqualified.
4. You should include a note with your real name, user name, post count, # of gobblers killed in 2014 and 2015 seasons, with your entry payment.
5. All entry fees will go towards Bass Pro gift cards. After all members have paid and the teams are set the judges will decide how and in what increments the gift cards will be awarded. It will be 100% payout.
6. I will create a thread and update it daily with the members that are paid. If you do not follow the directions as provided you will not be entered in the contest. There will be no refunds!
7. Deadline to send entry fee is March 4th. Have entry fee postmarked by March 4th or it will not be accepted.

Pay Pal account: Gator8em@gmail.com (be sure to send to family or friends so there are no taxes taken out and include the required info in the comments)

Send Payment to:
2016 Turkey Challenge
34 Wood Valley Trace
Dawsonville GA 30534


Teams
1. Members will be randomly drawn into teams by March 11th.
2. Each team will consist of four randomly drawn members. A four member team will be allowed to enter up to 6 birds.
3. Each team member may enter up to 3 birds max until the teams limit is reached.
4. A bird can be entered that is killed legally and recovered the same day as shot by the member.
5. Birds can be harvested in any State during the contest period.
6. The contest period is March 26th 2016-May 15th 2016.
7. Each team will be granted one "wildcard" bird that does not fall under the "5 day rule" and/or can replace a previously entered bird. You get ONE....use it wisely. There will be a special "Wild Card" thread to post those turkeys in.

Entering a Bird
1. Kill it
2. Each entry will require at least 2 pictures (more for Bonus Birds)
3. First picture should be of the Hunters Face, Turkey, and a Date Verification option.
4. Second picture should be a close up of the Date Verification option.
5. Date Verification options that will be accepted are: Cell Phones with time and date, Newspapers, Tablets with time and date.
6. Make sure we can see that it’s an adult gobbler by showing the full fan or the beard in the pic. If we receive a pic where it can't be made out that it is an adult gobbler, you will receive credit for a Jake.
7. YOUR FACE MUST BE VISIBLE IN THE PICTURE OF THE HUNTER WITH THE BIRD AND DATE VERIFICATION OR YOUR BIRD WILL NOT COUNT.
8. The gobbler must still be completely intact (beard, legs, and fan attached) in the pics.
9. You have 5 days from kill to decide as a team whether a bird will count towards your score. If it's posted in the Weekly Kill Thread, it gets scored and counted. So talk to your teammates before you post!
10. The date MUST be visible and CLEAR for all to see.
11. You have 24 hours to edit your pics after you post them. If you edit your post after that the post is void.
12. Please have your teammates look over your pictures before you post them in the kill thread

Judging
1. There are 5 anonymous judges that will evaluate the pictures and assign points. The members entering the birds will not assign points as in previous years.
2. Each judge will evaluate the pictures and give me his/her assessment of what the score should be. I will take the 5 scores and average them to the nearest half point for the final score.
3. The team with the highest number of points at the end of the competition will win.


How Birds will be Judge
1. Jakes=2 points
2. Adult Gobblers= 5 points (Adult standards for this contest will be any gobbler with a 6 inch beard or longer. If it's close, a picture with a ruler/tape will be needed to verify. In the rare case that an adult gobbler has beard rot, a picture of the spurs lying on a newspaper to verify the date or a picture of a FULL fan and date verification will be accepted. It will be the judges’ decision to whether or not the gobbler is an adult.)
3. 10 inch beard or longer= 1 Bonus point
4. 11 inch beard or longer= 2 Bonus points
5. 12 inch beard or longer=3 Bonus points
6. Multi-bearded turkeys=1 Bonus Point plus Bonus points for the longest beard. Must have a pic to clearly show the base of the beards. Multi-Bearded jakes are worth 3 points.
7. 1 ¼ inch spur or longer=2 Bonus Points
8. 1 ½ inch spur or longer=3 Bonus Points
9. All Spur Bonus Point pictures must be measured from any inch line

Bonus Point Pictures
1. NO CLOTHE TAPES
2. New for 2015 (6) Six strands of the beard are required to hit that length to qualify for bonus points.
3. Photos taken for beard or spur bonus points must include the same Date verification option (such as cell phone, tablet, and newspaper) along with enough of the bird, to verify dates and that beard and legs are still attached to the turkey. Photos that don't make this reasonably clear will not be accepted.
4. Extra pictures will be needed to verify the bonus points (Close-ups against a ruler to show length or beard, spurs and multi's).
5. As stated above the same item used for date verification should be included in the pics.
6. Once you submit your bird for bonus points that is it...There will be no PM's sent asking you for better pictures.
7. You have 24 hours from the time you post your original pic to edit that pic...After that it’s set.
8. The gobbler must still be completely intact (beard, legs, and fan attached) in the pics.
9. All members will have 5 days to submit a kill (So last day to submit a kill is May 20th).
10. Please have your teammates look over your pictures before you post them in the kill thread

Longest beard and spur competition
1. There will be separate threads started in the turkey challenge forum for longest beard and longest spur. The first person to enter a bird this year should enter into the spur and beard categories.
2. After that, you’re only allowed to enter a bird if you think it beats or ties the previous bird.
3. Pictures must be clear and unmistakable. This will eliminate everyone wondering who is leading the "longest" categories.
4. The bird has to be accepted in the team entry to be eligible for the spur and beard category.
5. Once again, once you enter your bird, there will be no PM's sent if the pictures are not right...The bird will be deleted and disqualified.
6. Please have your teammates look over your pictures before you post them in the kill thread

In case of Ties
All Ties will be broken by the date and time of the entry. The member that enters his/her bird first will win the tiebreaker. The first team to post the last bird of the tying score wins.


These are the rules. They will not be changed. We have a strict “no whining� policy. You are welcome to voice concerns to me via PM. I will hear you out, talk to the other judges and make a final decision as fairly as possible. Do not PM the Mods/Admins with issues in the challenge.

After that, the matter is closed and if you continue to complain you will be removed from your team and they will be a man down.

Make sure you read the rules and understand them. Every year there are several birds to be disqualified due to members simply not following the rules. Especially on taking pics of what is required to be in the pics. Before you sign up make sure that you are clear on the rules.

*Word of Advice-Take as many photos as you possibly can. Take them from different angles and make sure the glare is not covering the date on the cell phones and tablets. It’s a pain in the rear sometimes but taking good pictures is the most important thing you can do for your team. You can kill the biggest bird ever but it won’t mean a thing in this contest if the pics aren’t good.
 
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Reminex

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Cloth tapes stretch. Steel tapes do not.
That would only make a measurement against the users favor. They could be bunched allowing for an inaccurate reading. Cloth tapes are the most proper device you could use to deterine scoring of deer or turkey.

I think the rule is just there to provide a little more uniformity and have no problem with it either way.
 
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Gator8em

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what do we need to include with the payment so you can confirm your member name on here with the payment you received?
if you send it paypal, just shoot me a pm with the info or post it under sign up thread
 
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Gator8em

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Im changing it to a 6 bird limit per team with 1 wildcard bird included in that limit. I will edit the rules that are posted.
 
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