Dixie Deer Classic
Dixie Deer Classic
Dixie Deer Classic, in Raleigh, N.C. Max Temescu

Mark your calendar for these three winter shindigs.

Wise County Hog Contest

This Texas contest turns hog hunting into a team sport. Two-man squads vie to take the heaviest pig they can (dogs, helicopters, and traps are not allowed). The winning duo takes home half of all the entry-fee revenue, so if you’re up for a challenge, grab a buddy to help you bring home the bacon. Decatur, Texas, Feb. 6–March 5

International Eelpout Festival

Part fishing competition, part ice party, this hard-water tournament has drawn crowds to Leech Lake each February for nearly 40 years, all in the name of an ­unfortunate-​­looking fish. Legend has it that kissing your catch brings good luck, so pucker up. Walker, Minn., Feb. 23–26

Dixie Deer Classic

Grab your shoulder mount and head to this trophy throwdown. Awards are given across 10 categories based on score and overall awesomeness. Stick around for the raffle of $50,000 in hunting swag and the trail-cam video contest. Raleigh, N.C., March 3–5