Madness Returns Feb. 25; Bring a Rack for a Crazy Good Time!
Madness will rule the day Feb. 25 at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. That’s when the wildly popular Rack Madness trophy scoring event will return for its fourth year with plenty of fun for everyone!
Rack Madness is a free scoring event that welcomes people to bring in their Oklahoma-harvested deer or elk antlers, pronghorn horns or black bear skulls. Scoring will happen on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Wildlife Department headquarters, 1801 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City. Pre-registration is encouraged.
But the Madness isn’t limited to just the scoring frenzy.
Those who bring an item for scoring will be entered into Grand Prize drawings and be eligible to win a lifetime license provided by the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation. G Newscaster and avid sportswoman Lacie Lowry of KWTV News9 is scheduled to draw for the Grand Prizes. The big winner must be present to collect the prize. The license will be transferable if the winner already has a lifetime license.
Everyone can enjoy free buffalo chili and chips starting at 11:30 a.m., while supplies last. Also, several popular food trucks have been invited to attend.
Other crazy attractions for Rack Madness include:
- Souvenir T-shirts on sale.
- Giveaway drawings on the hour.
- Free Outdoor Oklahoma magazine subscription to everyone who pre-registers.
- Educational seminars.
- Operation Game Thief trailer, featuring the Oklahoma Wall of Shame.
- Oklahoma animal mounts display in the Department lobby.
And with all the big-game hunters attending, there will be ample opportunity to swap your best hunting adventure stories and brag about that massive buck that got away!
During last year’s Madness, scorers measured two bear skulls, six pronghorns, seven elk and 287 deer. The Department hopes to eclipse those Madness numbers this year.
Qualifying scores for whitetail and mule deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear will be added to the Cy Curtis Awards Program, Oklahoma’s official record book for trophy harvests and the hunters who took them. Only racks that have undergone the required 60-day drying period will be eligible for official scoring and award recognition. Boone and Crockett forms will be available if requested.
Those wanting items to be scored should pre-register online through the Go Outdoors Oklahoma system. Just log in and click “Register” to claim a scoring time slot. Walk-ins will be scored if time is available.
Each person may bring two items for scoring. All antlers must be clean and attached to the skull plate, whether mounted or unmounted. Animal heads that are in any raw condition (deadheads) are not allowed.
For more information and a link to register, go to https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/calendar/rack-madness-2020.
(Oklahoma Department of Wildlife)