Rack Of The Year ContestNorthern Outdoors Is The Most Successful Hunting Outfitter For Trophy Bucks In The Northeast

2014 Maine Whitetail Rack of the Year

Chris Seaman with his ‘Rack of the Year’ Contest winning buck!

What does it take to win the Northern Outdoors Rack Of The Year Contest?

Back in 1980 we realized that we were taking many more large bucks than anyone else, and our success was equaling that of “the good old days”. To record our efforts we made a commitment to photograph every big deer we took and to compile a photo collection of our trophy bucks. While over the years a few deer have escaped us, we have managed to record most of the outstanding deer. At our lodge in The Forks we have on display a photo album of these deer and the men who shot them. Each season “the Book” grows, and each year we come a little closer to our goal of becoming the undisputed, all time record producing outfitter of trophy whitetail bucks in North America.

How The Rack of the Year Contest Works

Each year we award a $500.00 Northern Outdoors Hunting Gift Certificate to the Northern Outdoors hunter who shoots the best Rack of the Year. The judging is done by our guides and their decision is final.

Maine Hunting Seasons

Deer Hunting Season:

October 30 – November 25, 2017

Moose Hunting Season:

WMD 8 & 14

October 9 – October 14, 2017

Bird Hunting Season:

Grouse and Woodcock

October – December 2017


RESERVE EARLY Guided Hunts sell out for peak weeks. Call: Toll-free 800-765-7238 or 207-663-4466

Rack of the Year Contest

Northern Outdoors Annual Rack of the Year Contest Win a $500 Hunting Gift Certificate if your trophy buck is the best!

Our Hunting Philosophy

Northern Outdoors takes more trophy bucks each year than any other outfitter in the Northeast. Learn why here.

See the winners since 2003 in the Northern Outdoors Rack of the Year Gallery below. [Viewing Hint: For optimal viewing, be sure to click on the picture so it opens up into its full size. From there you can easily scroll through each picture in the gallery.]