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#3124364 - 01/15/13 05:41 AM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: AT Hiker]
tickweed
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 Originally Posted By: AT Hiker
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.
Or, they could just be very lucky, especially here in Tennessee.
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#3124392 - 01/15/13 06:11 AM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: tickweed]
EastTNHunter
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 Originally Posted By: tickweed
fluid displacement would be the best way for typ or non typ


I have always thought the same. But I don't count, and I surely don't score deer.

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#3124524 - 01/15/13 08:16 AM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: AT Hiker]
easy45
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I agree that deer.should get credit for everything they score but I truly enjoy scoring deer, I've scored all of my wife's and my deer and I'm finally getting to score some other deer now, love it
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#3124532 - 01/15/13 08:19 AM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: easy45]
Bayou Buck
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All I ever look at is the gross score. I can care less about the net.
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#3124564 - 01/15/13 08:41 AM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: Bayou Buck]
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Gross is really all that I ever care about as well.
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#3124605 - 01/15/13 09:05 AM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: Winchester]
BSK
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I "score" antlers for two reasons: 1) to produce a mental image of how large the antlers are; and 2) as a biological measure (correlation between antler growth and buck health).

I use the B&C gross scoring system, as it measures everything (with a few limited acceptions). I have no interest in "net" scores, as I don't care how symmetrical a buck's antlers are.
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#3124619 - 01/15/13 09:19 AM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: catman529]
Tracker
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OPINIONS VARY.......and everybody has one, If you dont like the scoring of an animal that has been killed and you dont see the point of scoring it.....THEN DONT SCORE IT!!!!!!!!!!! Very few people actually have a deer (or other animal) officially scored and enter it in either Pope and Young or Boone and Crockett. I personaly like to measure antlers, also I like to try to figure the score by trail cam photos then see how close I am if I am fortunate enough to get the antlers in my hands.

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#3124623 - 01/15/13 09:22 AM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: BSK]
Mike Belt
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I killed an 8 pointer. What's that tell you? It could have been a very small basket racked buck with 2" tines or it could have been a 23" wide rack with 10" tines. Both are 8 pointers. Without physically seeing them the B & C scoring system gives you a visualization of what those bucks actually looked like. I like having that capability. As far as net versus gross...if he grew it then score it.
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#3124664 - 01/15/13 09:58 AM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: EastTNHunter]
morgancountry
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 Originally Posted By: EastTNHunter
 Originally Posted By: tickweed
fluid displacement would be the best way for typ or non typ


I have always thought the same. But I don't count, and I surely don't score deer.


Yep! I agree. Measure them the same way they do golf club driver heads, water displacement. Every cubic inch accounted for. But, I still enjoy scoring them the way they do. Maybe instead of typical and non typical, have typical(so deer like the Jordan and Hanson bucks get their due) and unlimited or something like that for the trashy freak monsters.

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#3124798 - 01/15/13 11:44 AM Re: What's The Purpose of Scoring a Deer? [Re: Mike Belt]
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 Originally Posted By: Mike Belt
I killed an 8 pointer. What's that tell you? It could have been a very small basket racked buck with 2" tines or it could have been a 23" wide rack with 10" tines. Both are 8 pointers. Without physically seeing them the B & C scoring system gives you a visualization of what those bucks actually looked like. I like having that capability. As far as net versus gross...if he grew it then score it.
I agree to a point,a 9pt,4x5 is one thing,but I see a "9" pt,one that is really an 8 pt with a drop tine,third brow,whatever,as different.
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