Rules & Regulations
This Participation Agreement shall be used solely for the tournaments and events produced, sponsored, or coordinated by Quest Hunt Co LLC (“Quest Hunt”). Quest Hunt shall have exclusive authority to interpret and enforce the terms of the Participation Agreement. Quest Hunt reserves the right to amend and/or modify this Participation Agreement. It is the sole responsibility of each registered hunter to read and understand the Participation Agreement and the Complete Waiver and Release of Liability Agreement to Hold Harmless and Assumption of Risk (“Waiver”). The Participation Agreement and the Waiver, as well as any and all updates and changes thereto, shall be available at www.questhuntco.com. For purposes of this Participation Agreement, “deer” means White-tailed Deer. No other species of deer will be accepted.
AGE REQUIREMENT. Participants must be at least 13 years of age as of the start of the deer season in their state to enter. Any participant who is under the age of 18 at the start of the deer season in their state must have parental consent form filled out and signed by a guardian. Any team may only have one (1) member under the age of 18.
NO PROFESSIONAL HUNTER. Any person who is a Professional Hunter is ineligible for Quest Hunt competition. For the purposes of this Agreement, a Professional Hunter is defined as a person who receives any income from hunting deer and/or a person who receives any income from creating footage, whether in video, audio, or other electronic forms, of deer hunting. In the event Quest Hunt becomes aware that a Professional Hunter has registered with Quest Hunt, the Professional Hunter shall be immediately and permanently disqualified from Quest Hunt competitions and events. The Professional Hunter understands and agrees that his/her registration fee and any and all prizes or money obtained through Quest Hunt shall be forfeited.
TEAM EVENT. Hunters shall register in teams of two (2) persons. Each team must consist of at least one (1) person 18 years of age or older. Persons under the age of thirteen (13) years of age at the time of the event are ineligible. Each member of the team must read, understand, and execute the Waiver as well as fill out all proper registration forms. For hunters under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign the registration from and Wavier. Registration must be completed on or before the applicable dates using Quest Hunt’s official website www.questhuntco.com. Both teammates must be registered in the competition before a deer can be submitted. Failure to register in a timely fashion will result in such registration being rejected. Failure to execute the Waiver shall result in the hunter not being registered for the event. If registration and the Waiver are properly submitted, each hunter for the team shall receive an identification number. If the hunter does not receive an identification number, the hunter is not registered for the competition.
Missouri – 09/15/2023 – 1/15/2024
Iowa – 09/17/2023 – 01/10/2024
Arkansas – 09/23/23 – 01/25/2024
Kansas – 09/02/2023 – 12/31/2024
Kentucky – 09/2/2023 – 1/15/2024
Wisconsin – 09/16/2023 – 1/25/2024
Illinois – 10/01/2023 – 01/14/2024
Mississippi – 09/15/2023 – 01/25/2024
Ohio – 09/30/2023 – 01/25/2024
(Ohio CWD Archery 09/09/2023 – 02/04/2024)
Oklahoma – 10/01/2023 – 1/15/2024
Pennsylvania – 09/16/2023 – 1/15/2024
Indiana – 09/15/2023 – 1/25/2024
SUBMISSION DEADLINE. All team registrations and Waivers must be fully complete prior to any submission of a harvested deer. No deer harvested prior to the full completion of both teammates’ registrations and Waivers shall be considered in determining any prize.
REGISTRATION PACKET. Following the hunter’s online registration with Quest Hunt, each hunter will receive an official Quest Hunt Registration Packet. This packet will include the hunter’s individualized Quest Hunt identification number, trophy tape, a copy of this Participation Agreement, and other products and information as may be applicable. Please allow five (5) to seven (7) business days for the welcome packet to arrive. If the welcome packet has not arrived by the time of harvest, participants are still required to meet the deer submission requirements as outlined below. Additional photos will be required.
STATE REQUIREMENT. Each hunter must hunt in the State in which he/she has registered. In the event a hunter harvests a deer in a state for which he/she has not registered, or on land that the hunter does not have permission on which to hunt, that hunter shall be immediately disqualified from the Quest Hunt competition, and Quest Hunt may take further actions as it sees fit to sanction the violation. Nothing in this provision shall prohibit a hunter from registering for competitions in more than one state. Currently, Quest Hunt competitions are held in the states of Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi and Kansas.
In states with Gold and Silver competitions, participants may only enter one of either the Gold or the Silver competitions, but not both.
MULTIPLE TEAMS. Participants are allowed to enter no more than two (2) teams per state. Participants are allowed to enter team(s) in more than one (1) state, but any deer submitted must have been harvested in the state for which it was submitted. Any participant who has entered more than one team in a given state may only enter any deer killed for one (1) of their teams. A deer may not be submitted for more than one team.
PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES. The hunter shall not use any and all “high-fence” methods and/or participate in game-farm hunting for the competition. In the event Quest Hunt becomes aware that any hunter registered with Quest Hunt enters or submits a buck harvested from a high-fence or game farm hunt, the hunter taking that buck shall be immediately and permanently disqualified from Quest Hunt competitions and events. That hunter further understands and agrees that his/her registration fee and any and all prizes or money obtained through the Quest Hunt shall be forfeited.
FAMILY MEMBERS. Immediate family members of owners, officers, and employees of Quest Hunt are strictly prohibited from participating in this hunting competition. In the event Quest Hunt becomes aware that a family member of an owner, officer, or employee of Quest Hunt has registered with Quest Hunt, the family member shall be immediately and permanently disqualified from Quest Hunt competitions and events. The family member understands and agrees that his/her registration fee and any and all prizes or money obtained through Quest Hunt shall be forfeited.
SCORE AND PRIZES. Deer must be scored and submitted within 24 hours of harvest with antlers fully intact and prior to caping of the deer except as outlined below (see Submit Your Score page for examples.). For the purposes of this Agreement, “Harvest” shall be defined as the actual time of physical recovery of the deer shot by participant. If a deer is unable to be physically recovered by 11:59 p.m. on the day it was shot, participants are required to notify Quest Hunt (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 12:00 p.m. (noon) the following day. Once the participant has notified Quest Hunt, the participant has 36 hours to recover, score and submit the deer for it to be accepted. Any deer submitted after the 36 hours have elapsed will not be accepted or considered for official scoring.
A team shall only submit one deer per team member for official scoring, meaning each deer submitted shall have been killed by a different member of the team. In states that allow multiple buck harvests Each team is allowed to submit a 3rd deer for a team upgrade. The Teammate submitting the upgraded deer must use the upgrade to replace the score of their first deer and said deer must be killed in accordance with the terms of this participation agreement.
All prizes received from placement in the Quest Hunt competition or from giveaways by Quest are final. No prizes may be returned or exchanged.
The Official Score: Official scoring may begin up to three (3) days in advance of any banquet. After submitting an unofficial score as provided above, teams placing 1st-5th are required to have both participants attend the official scoring and awards ceremony. Teams placing 6th-10th are required to have at least one participant attend the official scoring and awards ceremony in Springfield, Missouri to claim any prize. All teams are required to have both deer racks submitted for scoring at the official scoring and awards ceremony regardless of whether or not that team is required to have both participants attend official scoring and awards ceremony.
After submission of the deer as provided in this paragraph, a panel of judges selected by Quest Hunt shall measure the deer and provide an official score. Any Participant who wishes to have their deer scored in consideration of winning prizes must be present for official scoring. Any deer that has previously been officially dry scored prior to the Quest Hunt banquet will not be accepted and will not be considered for official scoring and prizes. Deer must be scored by the panel of judges selected by Quest Hunt at the designated time of official scoring at the banquet to be considered for official scoring and prizes.
Additionally, to be considered for official scoring, deer must be presented fully intact. Any shed, broken antler or skull plate not fully intact will be not considered for official scoring.
Deer submitted in velvet will be subject to a 2% reduction of their total gross score for official scoring. If a contestant removes the velvet prior to official scoring, it must be done so at least 60 days prior to official scoring or be subject to the 2% reduction.
In the event of a tie amongst any top 10 teams, the tie will be broken by total spread of each team’s two best deer.
All Official Scores are final and are not subject to revision. Scores provided by the panel of judges selected by Quest Hunt Co. are the Official Scores and are not subject to change.
BANQUET AND OFFICIAL SCORING LOCATION.
Oasis Hotel and Convention Center
2546 North Glenstone
Springfield, Mo 65803 OFFICIAL SCORING DATES
February 15th -17th
Alternative Scoring Date – 2/11/23 at 9:00 am
Missouri – 2/15/24 at 5:00 pm
Arkansas – 2/15/24 at 6:00 pm
Oklahoma – 2/15/24 at 7:30 pm
Kansas – 2/16/24 at 8:00 am
Illinois – 2/16/24 at 9:30 am
Iowa – 2/16/24 at 11:00 am
Kentucky – 2/16/24 at 12:30 pm
Indiana – 2/16/24 at 2:00 pm
Ohio – 2/16/24 at 3:30 pm
Wisconsin – 2/16/24 at 5:00 pm
Mississippi – 2/17/24 at 8:00 am
Pennsylvania – 2/17/24 at 10:00 am BANQUET AND AWARDS CEREMONY DATE
Friday, February 17th
Doors open @ 5:00 pm *Tickets Required for Entry PRIZE PICKUP
Saturday, February 18th from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Prize pickup located at:
303 South Washington Strafford Mo 65757
Any hunter and/or team shall submit to a polygraph test to determine the veracity of the claims of the size of deer submitted. Any hunter and/or team will be required to show proof of tagging the deer submitted. Any hunter who fails to strictly comply with the requirements outlined in this section shall be immediately disqualified, shall forfeit the registration fee, and be ineligible for any and all prizes.
PRIZE QUALIFICATION.For each state to qualify for the $50,000.00 LEVEL 1 prize pack, that state must have a minimum of 250 teams entered in the competition. In states that have 249 to 100 teams entered in the competition, the $35,000.00 Level 2 Prize Pack will be rewarded. Any State with 99 teams or less entered the $20,000 Level 3 Prize Pack will be rewarded.
COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL AND STATE HUNTING LAWS, REGULATIONS, AND ORDINANCES. Each and every hunter registered with Quest Hunt shall strictly adhere to any and all applicable Federal and State hunting laws, regulations, and ordinances. A violation of any Federal or State hunting law, regulation, or ordinance shall result in immediate disqualification of the violating hunter from Quest Hunt competition. Moreover, any information obtained by Quest Hunt from the violating hunter shall be provided to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Quest Hunt will cooperate with all law enforcement with respect to any violation or suspected violation of hunting laws, regulations, or ordinances. In the event Quest Hunt becomes aware that a hunter may have violated a hunting law, regulation, or ordinance, or that a hunter may have violated one of these Rules & Regulations, Quest Hunt has sole discretion to investigate such violation and take whatever action it sees fit in response thereto. All hunters registered with Quest Hunt agree and understand that Quest Hunt and the Quest Hunt Rules and Regulations Enforcement Committee have the exclusive authority to take this action, and that such action is not appealable to any forum or tribunal.
HUNTING LICENSE. Each hunter is responsible for obtaining and paying for his/her own license, permit, and/or game tag to hunt in the in the state he/she has chosen for the Quest Hunt competition. In the event a hunter does not obtain a valid license, that hunter shall be immediately and permanently disqualified from Quest Hunt competitions and events. All hunters acknowledge and agree that Quest Hunt is not liable or responsible for the hunter not being issued a license or game tag.
USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS/VIDEO/RECORDINGS. Each and every participant provides an irrevocable license to Quest Hunt for the use of any and all photographs, videos, and recordings of any kind of the Hunter taken during or while observing a Quest Hunt competition.
Use of any Quest Hunt trademarks, logos, photos, videos or other proprietary information is strictly prohibited without the express written consent of Quest Hunt.
SAFETY; WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY. EACH AND EVERY HUNTER WHO REGISTERS WITH QUEST HUNT UNDERSTANDS AND ACKNOWLEDGES THE PARAMOUNT REQUIREMENT OF A SAFE HUNT. EACH AND EVERY HUNTER SHALL READ, UNDERSTAND AND EXECUTE THE COMPLETE WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY AGREEMENT TO HOLD HARMLESS AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK, WHICH TERMS AND CONDITIONS ARE INCORPORATED HEREIN BY REFERENCE