Scoring a typical buck

Scoring a typical buck

Scoring a typical buck involves measuring the antlers to determine their size and symmetry according to established scoring systems. The most commonly used scoring system for white-tailed deer in North America is the Boone and Crockett (B&C) scoring system. Here’s an overview of how typical bucks are scored using the Boone and Crockett method:

  1. Main Beam Length: Measure the length of each main beam from the burr (base) to the tip, following the curvature of the beam along the outer edge.
  2. Inside Spread: Measure the distance between the inner edges of the main beams at their widest point, typically inside the main beams’ spread.
  3. Number of Points: Count the number of measurable points on each antler. Points must be at least one inch long and longer than they are wide to be counted.
  4. Point Lengths: Measure the lengths of each point, including the brow tines, G1, G2, etc., from the tip to the nearest point of normal beam circumference.
  5. Circumference Measurements: Measure the circumference of each main beam at four specified locations: the smallest circumference between the burr and the first point, between the first and second points, between the second and third points, and between the third point and the tip.
  6. Abnormal Points: Deduct points for any abnormal points that do not meet the criteria for typical points. Abnormal points are typically deducted from the total score, reflecting deviations from typical antler growth.
  7. Calculate the Gross Score: Add together the measurements for main beam lengths, inside spread, point lengths, and circumference measurements to calculate the gross score.
  8. Subtract Deductions: Subtract any deductions for abnormal points or other irregularities from the gross score to determine the net score.
  9. Final Score: The final score is the net score, which represents the total inches of antler growth according to the Boone and Crockett scoring system.

Typically, a “typical” buck is one with symmetrical antlers and no abnormal points. However, even if a buck has some non-typical characteristics, it can still be scored using different scoring systems, such as the Boone and Crockett Club’s system for non-typical antlers. These systems take into account the unique features and characteristics of each set of antlers to determine an accurate and fair score.

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