Crawford County hunters are invited to stake their claims for this season’s bragging rights at big buck contests coming up in the Meadville area starting Monday. The annual Big Buck Contest at Community Chevrolet (located on Route 322 near Wal-Mart in Vernon Township) is Monday and, following the season’s opening, again on Dec. 3 and 10, all from 6 to 9 p.m. There is no entry fee or pre-registration required for local hunters to participate, according to organizers. The contest at Community Chevrolet — judged by local hunting experts from Ridge Road Taxidermy — offers a total of five prizes, according to organizers, with professional mounts awarded for biggest 12-point and 8-point bucks as well as in junior hunter and overall categories. That contest’s prizes will be awarded at the Dec. 10 event, organizers said, adding upwards of 200 or more hunters have turned out for the contest in most recent years. Safari Bar’s annual Big Buck Contest also runs Monday and on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 at Safari, located at 562 Park Ave. Extension in West Mead Township. The opening-day contest is from 6:30 to 9 p.m.; the Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 events are from 6:30 to 8:30. Prizes up for grabs at the Safari Bar contest include a West Virginia deer hunt travel package, shoulder mounts, nature art prints and more, according to organizers. Prizes will be given out to this year’s winners at Safari’s annual Big Buck awards banquet on Dec. 11 at noon. There is no entry fee and no pre-registration is required, organizers said. Street Track ’n Trail on Route 322 in Conneaut Lake has also hosted a local big buck contest for each of the last three years, but will not be doing so this year, a company representative said.

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