A deer’s antlers can be green scored at any time after the harvest.
With deer antler scoring, to determine eligibility for B & C, P & Y or Longhunter, antlers must first dry, at room temperature, under normal atmospheric humidity, in an unaltered state, for a period of at least 60 days after the date of harvest.
Only after this drying period can they be officially measured.
The Buckmasters BTR system does not require any drying period, therefore an official score can be recorded immediately following the harvest.
The tools for the scoring process are very basic.
All measurements can be made with a 1/4-inch flexible steel tape measure [mandated by the rules] and a flexible steel cable along with an alligator clip for length measurements.
The key is it must be flexible enough to follow the curves of the antler, and strong enough not to stretch. Measurements are taken in 1/8-inch increments. For example, a half-inch is measured as 4/8, not 1/2.
You will also need a score sheet.
Please note that the Boone and Crockett Club score charts are protected by copyright laws. The score charts included here are for personal use only and not acceptable for entry in the Club’s Awards Program. Official score charts can be obtained from official measurers or the Club’s on-line store at Boone and Crockett
With the exception of the BTR system, there are two forms used for deer antler scoring for typical and non-typical.
Abnormalities are subtracted from the gross (total) score to provide the resultant net (final) score. These deductions are penalizing how asymmetrical the antlers are.
Eligibility is based on net score.
Understanding scoring terminology is necessary to ensure you put the correct score in the correct location on the score sheet.
The correct term for a brow tine is G1, the next typical point coming off the top of the main beam is the G2, the next is G3, and so on.
The letter H is used to refer to circumference of a buck’s antler. H1, H2, H3, and H4 refer to the locations on an antler where measurements are taken.
The H measurements are always the smallest circumference, so an H2 measurement is the smallest circumference between G1 and G2.
Regardless of the number of points, only 4 H (circumference) measurements are taken on any buck.
Any point coming off a point or growing from an abnormal location on the main beam is a non-typical point.
For a rack to be scored as typical, these abnormal points must be subtracted from the score, and added for a non-typical.
The measurements that are used are the:
- Tine lengths G1 through G7
- Tip to tip spread
- Greatest spread
- Inside spread of main beams
- Various circumference measurements H1 through H4 on the main beam