Scoring your typical buck

Scoring your typical buck

Scoring a non-typical buck involves measuring the antlers to determine their size and symmetry according to established scoring systems. The Boone and Crockett (B&C) Club also provides guidelines for scoring non-typical antlers. Here’s an overview of how non-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: Unlike typical scoring, abnormal points are included in the score for non-typical antlers. Measure the length of each abnormal point and include it in the total point count.
  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: Deduct any deductions for broken points, deductions for unmatched points, and abnormal points that are beyond a specified length limit.
  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 for non-typical antlers.

Scoring a non-typical buck requires careful measurement and attention to detail to accurately assess the antlers’ size and symmetry. While non-typical bucks may exhibit irregular or asymmetrical antler growth, they are still scored according to standardized methods to ensure consistency and fairness in record-keeping and recognition.

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