Dog of the Year

Dog of the Year

Welcome to the 2018 Shooting Sportsman Dog of the Year Contest!

Nominate your faithful, four-legged hunting companion for this prestigious award


The Winner

SD-2525 Tx Rx black button white logo

SportDOG ProHunter 2525 E-collar

1st Runner-Up

Ugly Dog Hunting $300 gift certificate

Ugly Dog Hunting $300 gift certificate

2nd Runner-Up

MRHB_NEW Brown Handlers Bag

Mud River Dog Handler Bag


All fields are required

Your entry will be reviewed by a panel of Shooting Sportsman judges and, with luck, will be selected as one of eight finalists. The finalists then will be asked to send more-detailed profiles of their dogs, so that we can evaluate them and choose our Dog of the Year.

How will entries be judged? To be honest, there are no specific criteria, but we’ll know the finalists when we see them. What we can tell you is that we are looking for hunting dogs (of course) and that appearances and image quality count too.  But this contest is as much about having fun as anything, which means that “intangibles” will factor heavily into the judging.

We’ll be selecting the eight finalists on December 3, and we will pick a winner (and two runners-up) on December 21. Throughout the contest we'll be posting select entries on our Facebook and Instagram pages, so check there for updates.

By entering a 
Shooting Sportsman contest you confirm acceptance of the guidelines. 

Below are our general rules and guidelines for contests and giveaways (unless otherwise noted on the respective contest page). We want you to have a good time with our events so will do our best to ensure valid entries and winners are chosen in a timely manner, and we fulfill winners' prizes as soon as possible. Other rules may apply, depending on the specific contest/giveaway.

  • HOW TO ENTER: Generally, maximum submission 1 per person (or as otherwise specified in the specific contest). You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Down East Enterprise Inc., its agents and employees from any claim or proceeding resulting from your entry. Generally, entry order is determined by successful, valid entry/submission as directed in the respective contest and may be subject to Shooting Sportsmanreview and approval. Shooting Sportsman reserves the right to determine valid entries. Entry deadline is noted in the respective contest or is determined by reaching the number of required submissions for the respective contest. Entrants represent and warrant that their Submission is their original work, it has not been copied from others, and it does not violate the rights of any other person or entity.
    • All entry materials become the property of Shooting Sportsmanand Sponsor(s) and might not be acknowledged or returned. The copyright in any Submission shall remain the property of the entrant, but, in exchange for the possibility of publication of the Submission in Shooting Sportsman, entry in this Contest constitutes entrant’s irrevocable, perpetual permission and consent to Sponsor(s) and others authorized by Sponsor(s), without compensation or attribution, (i) to use, reproduce, print, publish, transmit, communicate to the public, distribute, sell, perform, adapt, enhance, or display the Submission and the entrant’s name and city and state for editorial, advertising, commercial, and publicity purposes, in any and all media now in existence or hereinafter created, throughout the world; (ii) to do (or omit to do) any acts in respect of the Submission which may otherwise constitute an infringement of the entrant’s moral rights; and (iii) to edit, adapt, and modify the Submission. Except to the extent prohibited by law, Sponsor(s) excludes from these official rules all conditions, warranties, and terms implied by statute, general law, or custom. Each entrant releases and discharges the Sponsor(s), the judges, any party associated with the development or administration of the Contest, their employees, agents, or representatives, or any of their parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates from any and all liability in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, legal claims, costs, losses or damages, demand, or actions of any kind.
  • INFORMATION: The personal information you provide (e.g. name, email address, address, phone, etc.) may be saved in our customer database and used to contact you in the future with subscription offers and/or email newsletters, or other sales correspondence. Your information may also be shared with the sponsoring partner(s) for use in their online communications. Our goal is to provide you with information that is relevant and desirable to you, thus if you wish to opt-out, you may do so at any time: Update preferences here, email [email protected], or call 1-800-766-1670 to opt-out.
  • ELIGIBILITY: Contest open to individuals 18 years of age or older as of January 1, 2018, and US residents (excluding residents of Puerto Rico, New York, Rhode Island, Florida or any other jurisdiction where restricted or prohibited by law) Employees of Shooting SportsmanMagazine, its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, dealers or retailers, advertising, production and promotion agencies, the independent judging organization, and the immediate families and/or members of the same household of each are not eligible. Contest void wherever prohibited or restricted by law. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.
  • RIGHTS: By accepting prize, winner agrees to release Sponsor(s), its directors, employees, officers, and agents, including without limitation, its advertising and promotion agencies from any and all liability, loss or damages arising from or in connection with the awarding, receipt, and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any prize-related activities.
  • PRIZE: Generally one prize (ticket, etc.) per person, unless otherwise noted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission (except where prohibited) to use winner’s name, hometown, and likeness for purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity without additional compensation.
  • WINNER SELECTION: Winning entries will be selected from all eligible entries by Shooting Sportsman Magazine, (or by chronological submission of valid entries, as dictated by the respective contest/giveaway) whose decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to this contest. The prize is guaranteed to be awarded, assuming sufficient number of entries. Winner will be notified by e-mail at the e-mail address with which they entered the Contest or through direct message on social media. If any prize notification letter, e-mail notification, message, or any prize is returned as undeliverable, or is not acknowledged within 48 hours, the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner. Generally, winners will be notified by email. Winners may be required to provide name, address, email address, phone number, and other information in order to fulfill the award.
  • MISCELLANEOUS: Shooting Sportsman, Sponsor(s) and judging organization not responsible for late, lost, stolen, damaged, garbled, incomplete, or misdirected entries or communications; for errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, or delays in operations or transmission of information, in each case whether arising by way of technical or other failures or malfunctions of computer hardware, software, communications devices, or transmission lines or data corruption, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alteration of entry materials, loss or otherwise. Sponsor(s) disclaims any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participation in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with, this Contest, and reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify, cancel, terminate or suspend this Contest should any virus, bug, technical failures, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor(s)’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Contest. In the event of such cancellation, termination or suspension, a notice will be posted. Sponsor(s) reserves the right, at its sole discretion, modify or cancel this contest at anytime and to disqualify any entrant if his or her participation affects the integrity of the Contest.
  • WINNER’S LIST: Winners will be contacted via email or direct message as soon as possible prior to the event. Winners' lists may be publicized as directed by the respective contest/giveaway.

Contact us at [email protected] with questions.  Thank you.

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