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Old 10-29-2008, 06:10 AM
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I have noticed that in posts asking for a score on a buck that there are always a WIDE range of scores.

When someone asks for a score what is your method of determining a number?
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Old 10-29-2008, 06:46 AM
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I use the Boone & Crockett and/or Pope & Young method, which are the same. Measure all thetine lengths,main beam circumferences andmain beam lengths (as per the book or score sheet instructions) - and add the number of inches on the inside spread of the rack. And there is your "GrossScore".

Nextdeduct the difference (in inches)between each measurementon each side - and get a new total, which is your "Net Score".

Many people are "off"by a few (to several) inches when they look at a rack - or a photo. So, you will end up with a wide range of scores ...
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Old 10-30-2008, 12:52 PM
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I try to look at the ears of the deer. I've always been told that the average deer's ear is 6" long and the spread from ear to ear is about 15".

When someone asks the estimated score on the deer I think compare the ear length with the tines and go from there. I have a 10 key calculator sitting on my desk and I just add up the tine length on it. I then make a guess on the main beam lengths and spread and lastly I look at the mass of the antlers. That's where I give it my biggest swag. I use 20" as a base number for a medium mass deer. Deer with light mass drop down from there and heavy mass goes up from there. I usually compare the size of the deers ear with the base of the antler to help on this as well.

On the deer you posted a picture of I estimated the score as follows:

Left - G1 - 5, G2 - 9, G3 - 6, main beam 20
Right - G1 - 5, G2 - 10, G3 - 9, G4 - 5, main beam 20
I guessed the inside width at 18 and to me it had medium mass so I gave it 20" circumference measurements for each side.

That comes to 147" gross and it would lose 9" off that to come to a net of around 136".

I didn't try to match your posted score with those number, that is just comparing the ear to the tines and going from there. The main beams and spread are just guesses but you can usually get a pretty good idea based on the other tines.

That's how I do it. I usually get pretty close if they go back and post the score later.
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Old 10-30-2008, 01:39 PM
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I have noticed that in posts asking for a score on a buck that there are always a WIDE range of scores.
I think a lot of people don’t know how to score a deer and use the WAG method. Same with the “age this buck” posts.
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Old 10-30-2008, 03:10 PM
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look at the tine-length, mass, width to get a "score"
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Old 10-30-2008, 04:50 PM
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People ask all the time for the "guess of score" on bucks, but it is very rare that the actual score is ever given, even when it is a mounted buck. The wild deer you never get a measured response.
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