PHOTO GALLERY: Attendees enjoy 2012 Missouri Deer Classic on Saturday

Saturday, March 3, 2012 | 6:02 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The 2012 Missouri Deer Classic was held Saturday at Boone County Fairgrounds. Attendees participated in rack scoring, an archery tournament and a big buck contest. A popular Kodiak bear, Brody, from the last year's show also came back this year. The show will continue Sunday.



Anna Mae Redel helps her husband, Lawrence Redel, measure the main beam and points of a buck for a competition during the Missouri Deer Classic at Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday afternoon. The 13-point buck was killed with a bow by Tim Yoder in Putnam County.
From left, Bill Edwards, Lonnie Heimbaugh and Ron Heimbaugh take aim during the Missouri Dear Classic archery event at Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday afternoon. Lonnie Heimbaugh first taught his son Ron Heimbaugh to shoot when he was 14 and then taught his son-in-law Bill Edwards to shoot when he married Lonnie's daughter. All three look forward to participating in the Archery State Championship later this month.
The Missouri Deer Classic's big buck contest was held at Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday afternoon. The bucks are judged on multiple aspects, including length of the main beams and points on the antlers.
Nate Goodrich, of 4-H Shooting Sports, looks on as Brendon Sones, 10, shoots a BB gun at a small paper target at the Missouri Deer Classic at Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday afternoon. The fairgrounds also held a similar event for children to test in which the targets were balloons.
Brody the Kodiak bear roars right before his trainer, Jeff Watson, feeds him a piece of fried chicken. Watson informed the crowd about the characteristics of different types of bears, how to react if encountering a bear and some of Brody's traits and behaviors.

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