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.
Main Beam Length
Length of Points
FOUR ( 4 ) Beam Circumferences on each antler NO more/No less
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
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
The most common number of points is 8 for bucks 3 years old and older.
Score antlers as 8 pointer even when more points exist - if time allows additional point lengths can be added to the 8 point score.
8 point antlers that score 130 will look BIG.
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)