Okay, many of you gave input towards how to set up or attempt the first ever BH.com member driven Battle of the States competition. PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING RULES IN THEIR ENTIRETY - FAILURE TO DO SO COULD RESULT IN YOUR ENTRANCE BEING DENIED --------------------------------------------------------------------- RULES: First and foremost the biggest thing that separates this competition from the annual BH.com contest is that their is a stricter membership requirement. This isn't done in an attempt to keep people out, it is solely designed to keep only members that have proven active by their tenure here. This will add some motivation (albeit small) to keep coming back to the boards consistently. **IN ORDER TO TAKE PART IN THE BATTLE OF THE STATES YOU MUST HAVE JOINED BY SEPTEMBER OF 2013** If you don't qualify please continue to root your state on and feel free to place bets (not monetary) or talk smack as that only increases the fun of this whole thing! Another main difference is this is a buck only competition...must be the 1st buck harvested with archery equipment. Fergie clause does apply if smaller than 50 inches gross. All other rules mimic the normal bh.com contest rules HERE, unless stated differently in the scoring and sign up points made below. SCORING Individual scoring for each hunter is the exact same as the bh.com competition...although YOU WILL HAVE TO ADD THE STATE (OR AREA TEAM) YOU REPRESENT ALONG WITH ALL OTHER PERTINENT ITEMS WHEN POSTING HARVESTS (A score thread will appear when we get closer to season openers). **If your buck didn't qualify for the regular bh.com contest, it will not qualify for this (NO EXCEPTIONS). The way the competition winner is accomplished is going to be different as well; instead of gross total of the team it will be THE AVERAGED SCORE/HUNTER ON THE TEAMS. This is a way to not have to eliminate hunters who joined early enough to qualify and desire to join in on the fun! This competition is also centered around bucks....yeah yeah yeah....but it is only for fun, so whether trophy hunter or not JOIN!!! Example of a team score: Member1 - 180 1/8 (buck @ 180 1/8) Member2 - 90 7/8 (buck @ 90 7/8) Member3 - 100 (buck @ 100) Member4 - 50 (Fergie clause buck) Member5 - 211 (buck @ 211) Member6 - 0 TEAM TOTAL= 632 AVG/HUNTER= 105.33 *In an effort to eliminate outliers or those inevitable seasons where guys eat their buck tag the following rule adjustment will occur: For every 5 players on a team, one (zero) score will be allowed to be dropped from the average calculation. This is in an effort to account for the zero outliers on a team and let's face it life and hunting don't always go as planned.... TEAMS Obviously team size isn't crucial with the average being applied per team but I would still hate to see anyone with a team of only 2 or 3...as we all know part of the fun is communicating with others or at minimum paying attention to other hunters' seasons. So in an effort to keep team numbers as high as possible I will have to probably join sections or areas or states together due to numbers...this will be done in the most fair way possible. ***I would also have it be known that we will see how sign ups go. If as we close in towards August numbers just are not high enough I will open up the eligibility parameters more. If done a brand new thread will be posted and that explained so all will see it.*** SIGNING UP A sign up thread will appear as soon as this thread is posted and will be linked HERE...only sign up posts will be allowed there for a clean tallying to occur. Any discussion, smack talk or inside bets to occur on this thread or others created. SIGNING UP WILL CLOSE ON AUGUST 1ST...THAT WAY PLENTY OF TIME FOR SMACK TALK CAN COMMENCE! Lastly, I am doing this out of the sheer hope people enjoy this. I in no way will put up with complaints or desires for bending rules or other various things. I understand I cannot please everyone, so please respect that the attempt to be fair to all was made and move on if not the way you'd hoped....also know I will have no hesitation in simply shutting it down and letting someone else run it if too many people cause issues...LET'S MAKE THIS FUN. ------------------------------------------------ LET'S GO HOOSIERS....LET'S MILAN HIGH THIS THING AND SHOCK THE FORUM!