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#3124036 - 01/14/13 08:31 PM What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer?
348Winchester
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Registered: 08/13/12
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Loc: Coon Creek

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I do see it's a way to categorize them but IT IS MY OPINION that if one must score a deer then the total amount of antlers grown by the buck should be its score. I read in one of the other score threads on here people spouting a bunch of rules about what "counts" and what does not. To me it just simply does not matter.
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#3124049 - 01/14/13 08:39 PM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: 348Winchester]
Columbia Scott
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Registered: 01/23/11
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Agreed, unless it's a potential record I personally don't care.
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#3124071 - 01/14/13 08:54 PM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: Columbia Scott]
tickweed
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Registered: 11/25/09
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I agree, if a deer grows it, give him credit. However, its nice to know where he actually stands. Although the system seems flawed, its still interesting.
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#3124101 - 01/14/13 09:09 PM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: tickweed]
Relentless
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Registered: 07/24/11
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Loc: Shelby County, TN

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I enjoy guessing a deer's gross and net scores, then putting tape to antler and seeing how close I am.

Also, it's easy to kill deer. I like the challenge of hunting for "big" deer. The score helps me set a goal.
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#3124112 - 01/14/13 09:11 PM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: Relentless]
Master Chief
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Registered: 10/11/11
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I agree to an extent. Just because a buck grew a big nontypical wad of crap doesnt mean it is that big. Ive seen 180" non typicals that looked like a baby next to a 150" typical. I always figured that was the reasoning behind the method anyways.
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#3124116 - 01/14/13 09:13 PM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: Master Chief]
tickweed
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fluid displacement would be the best way for typ or non typ
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#3124161 - 01/14/13 09:33 PM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: tickweed]
catman529
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Registered: 11/10/10
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Deductions are for sissies... Nets are for fish... I am usually interested in the score of a rack, but those deductions take away inches of antler just because of symmetry...
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#3124169 - 01/14/13 09:37 PM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: Master Chief]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: Master Chief
I agree to an extent. Just because a buck grew a big nontypical wad of crap doesnt mean it is that big. Ive seen 180" non typicals that looked like a baby next to a 150" typical. I always figured that was the reasoning behind the method anyways.
yes the net score has more to do with how nice or big the rack looks, not how big it actually is. But for measuring what nature has produced (all of the antler) I like the gross score, because unless its a real symmetrical rack I don't care for the symmetry to affect the score.

Water displacement would be a cool way to score, not to replace the B&C system but to create a more accurate way of scoring just for those who are concerned with the total mass/volume of their rack and not how pretty it is.
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#3124173 - 01/14/13 09:41 PM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: 348Winchester]
JAY B
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Registered: 07/09/07
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I enjoy scoring mine and others as well!
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#3124251 - 01/14/13 10:29 PM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: JAY B]
AT Hiker
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Registered: 07/03/11
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Loc: Clarksville, Tennessee

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I have always thought about weighing the antlers (with minimal skull plate) before I mount them and compare that to the "gross" score. This year I have worked on a 150 class 8 and a 130 class 8, which was 20" wide. Both deer are extremely magnificant, but if I had to choose which one to shoot in the wild I would need a few minutes to decide ( both deer were over 3.5 yr olds). With that said, score is objective but to most it is subjective. Would you rather have a 150" 10 or 8? I have worked on both and I can tell you honestly they are both great deer, with their own contributions. Same thing with a 120" 8 or 140 10+.

In my opion, we need a base line to "judge" their potential. B&C provides that and thats all it provides. Just because someone kills a 150" plus every year doesnt make them a better hunter. It just proves they have a lot of $$ or a great place to hunt. They could of course be an excellent hunter, compared to other hunters with the same oppurtunity.
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