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.
Pictured 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
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.