# 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:

**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.**Inside Spread:**Measure the distance between the inner edges of the main beams at their widest point, typically inside the main beams’ spread.**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.**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.**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.**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.**Calculate the Gross Score:**Add together the measurements for main beam lengths, inside spread, point lengths, and circumference measurements to calculate the gross score.**Subtract Deductions:**Subtract any deductions for abnormal points or other irregularities from the gross score to determine the net score.**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.