I just got back from hunting whitetails at Trophy Ridge Outfitters in northeastern Wyoming (more on that soon) with representatives from Browning, Winchester, the NSSF and Bushnell.

For the hunt, the last gave me the use of a Bushnell Elite riflescope with the company’s DOA reticle, which allows even the simplest of riflemen to figure bullet drop at a glance, and which performed very nicely indeed. (All of the bucks I’ll post for this contest were taken on this trip and, I believe, taken with some version of this scope.)

I mentioned to Paul Arnold of Bushnell that an Elite scope would make a slick prize for our next scoring contest, and he agreed. So now all you have to do is score some bucks, as usual, to have a chance at hunting the late season with this new Bushnell Elite 3-9×40 DOA 600 scope.

For anyone new to this game: I will post a picture of a buck each week, for one month. You will guess the gross B&C score of each and keep track of your guesses. Fractionals will count.

When I post the final buck, I’ll ask you for your grand total. Whoever is closest wins the scope. If there is a tie, we will have a tiebreaker buck.

Okay. Here’s your first buck. What do you think it grosses?