New Contest Brings Hunters Together With a Purpose

Edward Coleman and Josh Hall Pose with Last Year's Winner

Lynchburg, VA - You can help cut down the growing deer population and put dinner on the table for a local family that needs it.

For the second year in a row, two Lynchburg men have launched the Big Doe Contest.

"We said, 'man we gotta do something about the deer population. This is ridiculous,'" explained Edward Coleman, one of the founders.

Coleman is an avid hunter and Hall is a retired pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds. Both understand the value of a friendly competition.

"The bigger the doe the better," Hall explained of the competition.

Since starting the Big Doe Contest in 2012, they've donated more than 50 deer and $450 dollars to Hunters for the Hungry.

Because of the economy, however, donations have dropped dramatically in recent years.

"Just to hand him that check and know that it was gonna help a lot of people...It felt good," said Hall.

The competition runs from the beginning to the end of hunting season.

The $25 registration fee includes a T-shirt, an eight dollar cash donation to Hunters for the Hungry and seven dollars for the winner of the contest.

Of last year's 55 contestants, Charlie Carter won with a doe weighing in at 105 pounds.

Businesses are also getting on board.

Steve Crist owns W&W Novelty, a corporate sponsor.

"It's a win-win situation for everyone involved," said Crist.

And it's all because two guys combined passion with purpose.

"It helps everybody in every way," added Coleman.

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, October 1. For more information, you can fill out the registration form, contact Hunters for the Hungry, or email the founders. They're also looking for business sponsors.