SCORING ON THE HOOF (Based on Boone and Crockett Club criteria) By: Eugene R. Fuchs Kerr Wildlife Management Area Texas Parks and Wildlife www.tpwd.state.tx.us/hillcountry
<ul><li>BASICS FOR SCORING WHITE-TAILED DEER ANTLERS </li></ul><ul><li>Determine the points that qualify for measuring 1. Number of typical points 2. Number of non-typical points Definition of a POINT - a projection at least one (1) inch long and longer than wide at some location at least one inch from the tip of the projection. </li></ul><ul><li>Inside Spread </li></ul><ul><li>Main Beam Length </li></ul><ul><li>Length of Points </li></ul><ul><li>FOUR ( 4 ) Beam Circumferences on each antler NO more/No less </li></ul>
Typical vs. Non-typical Points Typical points arise ONLY from the top of the main beam. Non-typical points can originate from other points, the sides and bottom of the beams, the burrs, and can be unmatched, typical points that are between typical points, but not a point as shown ( G4 ). G4
Inside spread Inside spread is taken at the widest location between main beams perpendicular to the center line of the forehead – NOT between points
Each main beam length is taken along outside curve of beam starting at antler burr above the eye to the tip of beam. Main beam length
Point lengths are taken on the outside curve of each point where the midline of the point intersects the top of the beam or another point.
Beam circumferences must be taken at the smallest location between points except the 4 th measurement may fall midway between last point and end of main beam when G4 is missing. H1 H2 H3 H4 H1 & H2 H3 H4
Circumference measurement locations - 4 taken on each antler - no more - no less These measurements are referred to as H1, H2, H3, & H4 H1 H2 H3 H4
Matched non-typical points Cannot be measured as TYPICAL POINTS
Scoring on the Hoof What will an 8 pointer score ?
Knowing the average of several physical measurements for 3 year old bucks for a region/population will help in estimating scores “ON the HOOF”. Learn the ear length, head length, eye-eye width, etc. of the deer you are hunting.
These 2 views offer the best opportunity for estimating antler score Slight quarter is better than side view
Judging antlers on a buck walking away or quartering away will usually result in “ground shrinkage” Side views often give an under estimation of antler size
The Tape Doesn’t Lie The following are examples of antlers that have been scored representing several gross B&C score-classes for typical 8 pointers Notice how antler shape and point length effect score
<ul><li>SUMMARY </li></ul><ul><li>The most common number of points is 8 for bucks 3 years old and older. </li></ul><ul><li>Score antlers as 8 pointer even when more points exist - if time allows additional point lengths can be added to the 8 point score. </li></ul><ul><li>8 point antlers that score 130 will look BIG. </li></ul><ul><li>Know what the average is for several physical measurements such as ear length from head, head length, eye - nose, eye - eye, and diameter of eye. ( the rule of 5 - 5 1/2 for forehead width across eyes and ear length from head applies to most bucks) </li></ul>
<ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Using the width across forehead from eye to eye can be useful for estimating spread and point length because this measurement remains constant as a buck is looking at you. </li></ul><ul><li>If the ear length from side of head is 5 1/2, the distance of ear tip will be 4 1/2. Example: ear tip - ear tip will be 4 1/2 + 5 + 4 1/2 = 14 in. </li></ul><ul><li>Points as long as eye-nose will be 6 - 7 in. and points as long as the head will be at least 11 in. </li></ul><ul><li>Bases that appear as big as the eye will be 4 in. and those that appear as big as the nose will be 5 in. or more. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><li>The combination of beam length and point length normally accounts for 60% - 70% of the total score on most 8 pointers. </li></ul><ul><li>Estimate the scores of mounted deer heads and then actually measure the antlers. </li></ul><ul><li>Practice !!! </li></ul>