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

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.

__
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:
_________.