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Saturday November 11th, 2023

St. Mary School

408 W Washington St, Mt Sterling, IL 62353

Doors open at 5:30pm CST

Show starts at 6:00pm CST

(Walk through 4-7 pm CST Friday, Nov 10th)




The 33rd Annual Brown County Deer Classic is scheduled for Saturday, November 11th, 2023, at 6:00 PM CST. The Classic is the number one annual fund-raiser for St. Mary Catholic School in Mt. Sterling, Illinois.


The 2023 show will feature the giveaway of more than one hundred guns, an E-bike, three-carat diamond earrings, hunting excursions, an online and live auction, along with a staggering amount of cash and prizes!

More than five hundred sportsmen and women will gather and enjoy the Deer Classic in the school’s gym, featuring an amazing meal, a game tent, and the unbelievable “Bragging Wall,” which features more than fifty stunning deer mounts.


“The money we generate supports the efforts of teachers and staff, helps with building upkeep and improvements, and most importantly, ensures a quality, faith-based education for these kids. At no time has this been more important than right now," says event co-founder Jon Boylen. “We are very excited about providing such a fun and exciting gathering place for everyone who attends while still maintaining a great online presence and live broadcast with BC Hornets Sports.” 

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Event Highlights

“We are set to make this one of the most entertaining events ever and we can’t wait to host a great crowd. We have more than one hundred guns to give away!


Familiar and fun giveaways like the Super Raffle, Classic Friends Packages with special bonus gifts will be highlights. Diamond earrings are back in BIG way! Three carats from Sturhahn Jewelers in Quincy. 

The Classic will also welcome back our mascot: Booner the BCDC Buck. Booner and his other woodland friends are expected to be making special appearances soon to help promote the event.


Look for them soon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and in the woods near you.adds co-chair, Aaron Kassing

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Live Broadcast

The live broadcast will begin at 5:30 PM on November 11, 2023, on our YouTube Channel or you can watch it here on

The Classic has also partnered with BC Hornets Sports for this year’s live stream of the event. Cinematographer and St Mary graduate, Austin Boylen, and Brown County’s own Steve Surrat and Nick Hendricker will handle the show’s production.

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Tickets & Auction

Tickets are available now at Kassing Lumber Company and Two Wheel Trading Company in Mt Sterling or at


There are many prize packages and special prizes available online along with several very special card raffles, game tent, live auction and other fun opportunities available exclusively at the event.


All door package tickets purchased BEFORE November 5th will be qualified for the Early Bird $500 Cash Drawing-new this year.

Webster Auctioneer will host a No Reserve, Timed, Online Auction at (starting November 1st) and, Back by Popular demand, we will also have a small live auction at the event!


Be sure to find a St Mary’s student to get your Loaded Gun Safe Tickets and check out our other online offers like the amazing Polaris Razor, E Bike, Blind from Koch Farms and much more. At the event, watch for card raffles like the three-bow extravaganza and the Outdoor Cooking Package and Beef Bundle from Kassing Farms.

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“Community reaction is always unprecedented.” according to co-chair Dave Ferrill. “This is an important event for the kids, and it has truly become a destination event for our supporters. Most of the people I talk to are planning to attend or join friends and family for Watch Parties. We are humbled by the support we receive.”


Melissa Obert serves as the school’s principal and her position is equally upbeat. “We are happy to see such an amazing Deer Classic come together for 2023 and this school is growing. Our Pre-K is at maximum capacity with a waiting list while other class sizes grow each year! Thank you to everyone who helps with and supports this event! The funds generated by this event will be put to good use for these young people.”


Look for more announcements soon on raffle ticket purchases, and other very special announcements. If you would like to contribute a unique item to the auction, get on the Deer Classic contact list or if you just have questions, please visit or see us on Facebook and Instagram.


Send us a message if you have any questions, we'll get back to you as soon as we can!

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