Good question. I have been a member for a couple of years, and I do not recall them doing this before. Of course, I had a job that I was in the field alot, and not near a computer, so I was on alot less frquently. As for next year, I am sure we would all love it..........
I have been here since 2006 and this is the first contest that since that time. it has been fun, but i suppose the site owners will assess the cost-benefits of it. If it was profitable and had long term residual effects thats increased member participation then I bet they'll do it again. If not, then I suspect this will be the first and the last
This is the first time we've had a contest of this kind. We primarily came up with the contest to coincide with the relaunch of the new BGH site back at the end of June. Because the new site had so many new features, we felt a contest would be a fun way to inspire everyone to try the new features and contribute to the site. Plus, I'm not sure if most members realize it, but it was also our 10 year anniversary! Yup, BGH has been online since 2000 now!
Will we do this again? We're not sure. It's been costly. We did not have sponsors or donations (except for one pair of Vanguard binoculars), we purchased all prizes. If we could come up with some good sponsors, we would be game to do more.
We may have some other contests and/or give aways, but they will be on a smaller scale.
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....