Want To Know How To Quickly Score Mule Deer

This article comes with a disclaimer that we are neither experts at scoring or believers that a score is what makes a trophy.  The trophy is up to the individual hunter.  We hunt as much for the experience, meat, antler uniqueness and character as we do for a high scoring deer.  Nonetheless, a high scoring mule deer is always an achievement and would be icing to any mule deer hunt.  Below is a quick-n-dirty guide to scoring mule deer and estimating your bucks gross score.

boone-and-crockett-mule-deerPictured above is a graphic from the Boone And Crockett Club (B&C) detailing where and how measurements are made. We will refer this graphic in the step-by-step photos. Note the detail of point measurement in the center of the graphic. Each point is measured from the tip to where it meets a beam. Also, in the spread measurements only the inside spread, or measurement “D” is added as part of the gross score. Outside spread, “C”, and tip-to-tip spread, “B”, are not part of the gross score.

Photo Guide To Measuring Your Mule Deer Buck


We usually start with the inside spread (D). This is done at the widest spot inside the main beams.



After the inside spread is done we measure one antler at a time. Here we are measuring the main beam length (F). This is done on the outside of the antler from the base to the tip of the beam.



Then we start with the tine measurements in chronological order from G1 to G4. The eye guard, or G1, on this rack is right at an inch.



After that we move to the back of the antler, starting with the G2. The G2 is a length some people short themselves on. We added the red arrows to illustrate how this measurement works. You measure this tine from the tip down to where it meets the main beam. Don’t make the mistake of only measuring down to where the two tines fork (as illustrated by where my fingers are).



Then we move down the antler for the G3 length. Measure this length to where it meets the G2.



The last tine length here is the G4 length. Measure to where it meets the main beam.



Next are the mass measurements. Measure these at the narrowest circumference where shown in the B&C graphic above as “H” measurements. Here we are measuring the first of four mass numbers, H1. This is done between the G1 and the base.



Then move up above the G1 but below where the G2 forks off the main beam to measure the H2 mass.



The third mass measurement, H3, is done below the intersection of the G2 and G3.



The fourth mass measurement, H4, is done on the main beam below where the G4 forks off.

If your antler has any inlines, stickers, kickers or droppers measure them as well for the final score, our rack didn’t have any.  Now repeat all the measurements (except for the inside spread of course) on the other antler.  Once you do the other antler you should have a bunch of measurements similar to the below graphic.


Add all your numbers together to come up with a gross score.

Scoring Can Help Field Judging

There you have it, the process is really pretty simple.  Scoring a few mule deer racks can also help you when field judging deer because it gives you a better understanding of what measurements make a 160″ class buck versus a 190″ class buck.

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