When someone is learning how to score a buck, it’s important to take into account a few factors such as the main beam lengths, tine lengths, inside spread and antler circumference. Here is the best information on how to score a buck and measure the deer antlers.
The first requirement to fulfill this would be deer antlers that are still connected to the skull plate. However, if they are not connected, they can be arranged to look like they are (but it would never count as an official score). With a flexible tape measure and somewhere to write down the measurements, one is good to go. It helps to have a straight edge to measure the lengths too.
1. Start by measuring the main beams of the antlers. It should be done on the outside edge of every antler and should start from the bottom of the burr. Next , measure the outside then the center of the main beam till the antler tip then record these measurements.
2. Next, measure the inside spread of the main beams. It should be taken perpendicular to the skull’s center line which is the longest distance between the main beams. The resulting measurement (according to the Boone and Crockett scoring chart) should be the spread credit but it’s not supposed to be bigger than the main beam. However, if it happens that it’s longer, the longest beam measurement is the spread credit.
3. You now need to take the G or tine measurements. With a regular whitetail buck, the numbers start from G1(the brow tine), G2 (the next tine away from the skull usually the longest G measurement) and the next G measurement for the next tine and so forth. One should only record the last measurement which is the last antler point before the main beam tip. When measuring the tines, mark a horizontal line to indicate where the main beam would be on the antler point then measure from that line to the tip of the tine. Every measurement for the tine should be recorded.
4. Take the H measurements or the circumference. H1 will signify the circumference between the first point and the burr. Next, the H2 becomes the circumference between the first and second point. One should continue the measurements till the recordings of 4 measurements per side of the antlers. If the G4 tine is missing, the H4 becomes the halfway point between the main beam tip and the G3. Don’t forget to record your measurements.
5. Finally, take measurements of the abnormal points because they count towards the gross score of the antlers. This measurement will be subtracted from the overall score to get the net score. The abnormal point should measure at least an inch in length. All the abnormal points should be measured and recorded accordingly.
The gross antler score is what most people use to rank their deer’s antlers. However, for the best measurements, all deductions must be subtracted from the gross score. Most of these deductions cover the differences between the circumferences, the left side tines and also the abnormal point measurements.