Minnesota's deer hunting season began earlier this month, but the most notable kills went down Saturday in New York City. That's where local Chris Fream bested 64 cyber-deer slaughterers in the 5th annual Big Buck World Championship, an arcade contest to find the country's top "Big Buck Hunter HD" marksman. A total of $50,000 was doled out over the weekend, including Fream's $15,000 grand prize. His final opponent was reigning champion Nick Robbins, a fellow Minnesotan, who earned $7,500.
Sara Erlandson of Beldenville, Wisc. won the women's championship portion of the two-day tournament; her winnings totaled $7,000. Also of note: X Games motocross star Travis Pastrana finished 58th.
So what does this back-to-back domination of the Big Buck World Championship by Minnesotans mean for the state? For one, our mastery of pixelated deer carnage is a testament to our time spent in bars, where the game is a staple. (Will we also dominate Lobster Zone tourneys?) Other than that, it's just another niche in which we can claim "The Twin Cities rank No. 1 in ..." Somewhere, the ghost of Louis Hennepin nods approvingly.