_"Deer hunting competition is going to happen," Greg Koch recently told the Tulsa World Sports Extra. "It's just been a matter of time and finding the right way to do it." And Koch, an Oklahoma hunting-ranch manager who is touring Bass Pro Shops nationwide with his family this summer to launch the American Whitetail Authority deer hunting competitions--thinks he's found the right way. Koch's plan is fundamentally different from that of the doomed WHA's, in which deer would have been either tranquilized or killed in the name of competition and entertainment. In the AWA plan, deer would be largely passive participants, "shot" only with a scope that takes a picture when a blank is fired.
In essence, it seems to be a live, big-buck photo contest--and one with some heavy hitters behind it.