Trophy Mule Deer Hunting

Score your Mule Deer

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MULE DEER TYPICAL

HOW TO ROUGH SCORE YOUR TROPHY IN THE FIELD

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Taking a huge mule deer is the dream of most deer hunters. When the dream finally comes true, what needs to be done to have the antlers scored and entered into the record books? Record keeping developed in North America as part of the conservation movement in the early 20 th century.

Keeping records of big game animals is a way of recognizing exceptional animals and the hunter. Even more importantly, the records provide statistical data and insight into past and present management, health, and trends of wildlife populations. The records are a testimonial to the effectiveness of wildlife management and the importance of hunting as a management tool.

                          

Figure A.                                   Figure B.                                   Figure C.          

All measurements must be made with a 1/4-inch wide flexible steel tape to the nearest one-eighth of an inch. (Note: A flexible steel cable can be used to measure points and main beams only.)  Enter fractional figures in eighths, without reduction. For example, if a point measures 7 and 2/8 inches, you would write 7 - 2/8 in the space provided.

A: NUMBER OF POINTS ON EACH ANTLER 

To be counted a point, the projection must be at least one inch long, with the length exceeding width at one inch or more of length. All points measured from tip of point to nearest edge of beam as illustrated in Figure A. Beam tip is counted as a point, but not measured as a point.

A)  Right Antler: ________.                Left Antler: ________. 

B: TIP TO TIP SPREAD

The tip to tip spread is measured between the tips of the main beams. See Figure B.

B)  Tip to Tip Spread: ________. 

C: GREATEST SPREAD

The greatest spread is measured between perpendiculars at a right angle to the center line of the skull at the widest part, whether across main beams or points. See Figure B.

C)  Greatest Spread: ________.  

D: INSIDE SPREAD OF MAIN BEAMS

The inside spread of main beams is measured at a right angle to the center line of the skull at the widest point between main beams. See Figure B.    

D)  Inside Spread of Main Beams: ________.

SPREAD CREDIT: ________.   Enter the “D” measurement again as the Spread Credit if it is less than or equal to the length of the longer antler, if Greater, enter Longer Antler length for the Spread Credit.   

E: TOTAL LENGTHS OF ALL ABNORMAL POINTS

Abnormal points (See Figure B, abnormal point E.) are those non-typical in location such as points originating from a point (exception: G-3 originates from G-2 in perfectly normal fashion) or from bottom or sides of main beam, or any points beyond the normal pattern of five (including beam tip) per antler. Measure in the usual manner (See Figure A). If there are more than one abnormal point to a side, add them together and input in the field below.  

E)  Right Antler: ________.               Left Antler: ________.                        Total: ________.

F: LENGTH OF MAIN BEAM

The length of the main beam is measured from the center of the lowest outside edge of the burr over the outer side to the most distant point of the main beam. The beginning point is on the burr where the center line along the outer side of the beam intersects the burr, then generally following Line F as shown in Figure C.

F)  Right Antler: ________.                Left Antler: ________.                        Difference: ________.  

G: LENGTH OF NORMAL POINTS

Normal points are the brow tines and the upper and lower forks as shown in Figure C. They are measured from the nearest edge of the main beam over the outer curve to the tip, with the exception of the G-3, which is measured from the point it intersects the G-2. Lay the tape along the outer curve of the beam so that the top edge of the tape coincides with the top edge of the beam on both sides of the point to determine the baseline for the point measurement. See Figure A.

RIGHT ANTLER                                     LEFT ANTLER

G-1. Length: ________.                     G-1 Length: ________.                      G-1 Difference:     ________.

G-2. Length: ________.                     G-2 Length: ________.                      G-2 Difference:     ________.

G-3. Length: ________.                     G-3 Length: ________.                      G-3 Difference:     ________.

G-4. Length: ________.                     G-4 Length: ________.                      G-4 Difference:     ________.

G-1-4, Total: ________.                     G-1-4, Total:  ________.                    G-1-4, Difference:  ________.           

H: CIRCUMFERENCES

Circumferences are taken at the narrowest place as detailed in Figure C for each measurement. If the brow point is missing, take H-1 and H-2 at the smallest place between the burr and the G-2 point. If the G-3 point is missing, take H-3 halfway between the base and the tip of the G-2 point. If G-4 is missing, take H-4 halfway between the G-2 point and the tip of the main beam.

H-1. Between Burr & First Point.                                 H-2. Between First & Second Points

H-3. Between Main Beam & Third Point.                       H-4. Between Second & Fourth Points

RIGHT ANTLER                                     LEFT ANTLER

H-1. Length: ________.                     H-1 Length: ________.                      H-1 Difference:     ________.

H-2. Length: ________.                     H-2 Length: ________.                      H-2 Difference:     ________.

H-3. Length: ________.                     H-3 Length: ________.                      H-3 Difference:     ________.

H-4. Length: ________.                     H-4 Length: ________.                      H-4 Difference:     ________.

H-1-4, Total: ________.                     H-1-4, Total:  ________.                    H-1-4, Difference:  ________.           

               

NON-TYPICAL MULE DEER VARIENCES IN SCORING:

                                    

Figure A.                                                Figure B.                                                Figure C.

 

E: TOTAL LENGTHS OF ALL ABNORMAL POINTS

Abnormal points (See Figure B, abnormal point E.) are those non-typical in location such as points originating from a point (exception: G-3 originates from G-2 in perfectly normal fashion) or from bottom or sides of main beam, or any points beyond the normal pattern of five (including beam tip) per antler. Measure in the usual manner (See Figure A). Total the dimensions of each abnormal point on the right side antler and each abnormal point on the left antler and add them together and input in the fields below.  

E)  Right Antler: ________.               Left Antler: ________.                        Total: ________.

All other measurements remain the same.

 CALCULATING YOUR FINAL ROUGH SCORE

 TO COMPUTE YOUR TOTAL SCORE:  (+) ADD,   (-) SUBTRACT:

Spread Credit:      (+) ________.                                                                     

E) Total: (-) ________. (Subtract E. Score for a typical Score.  Add E. Score for a Non Typical Score)

F) Main-Right:       (+) ________.      F) Main Left:          (+) ________.      F) Difference:        (-) ________.

G-1-7, Right:         (+) ________.      G-1-7, Left:            (+) ________.      G-1-7, Differences.(-)________.

H-1-4, Right:         (+) ________.      H-1-4, Left:            (+) ________.      H-1-4, Differences.(-)________.

 

 

FINAL SCORE:    _________.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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