How To Score a Mule Deer

Mule deer in the wilderness

So you were in a hunting trip with your friends for a mule deer hunting competition, and you happened to bump into one of the largest mule deer you have ever seen in your entire life. You aimed, fired and brought it down. Now, as you are going near it and planning to grab its antlers, you noticed that besides its large size, its antlers were not really that big at all. Well would you still get a good score out of the little antlers you got? And so, how do you exactly score a mule deer?

Scoring a mule deer is based on its antlers, the bigger the antler you get, the bigger score you receive. But to be able to score it precisely, you are going to need some tools that will help you give out a precise score. Tools may include the following:

  • A quarter-inch steel tape used to measure the entire length of the antlers
  • A carpenter's rule with a slide (can be bought at any hardware store) can be used for measuring the inside spread of the antler
  • Triangular rulers to measure the head
  • Calipers could be used as well for measuring the skull and the antler's sides.

To start things off, the score is always based upon the measurement of the antlers and also the range of the points (the antler's ends) at the sides of its antlers. Here is the guide for the scorecard:

  • Number of points on the Right and Left part of the Antler
  • The Tip to Tip Spread of the Antlers
  • The Greatest Spread
  • Inside Spread of Main Beams
  • Total of Lengths of Abnormal Points
  • Length of Main Beam
  • Length of First Point, if Present
  • Length of Second Point
  • Length of the Third Point, If Present
  • Length of the Fourth Point, If Present
  • Circumference at the Smallest Place between Burr and First Point
  • Circumference at the Smallest Place between First and Second Points
  • Circumference at the Smallest Place between Main Beam and Third Point
  • Circumference at the Smallest Place between Second and Fourth Points

The number of the points of the Antlers seems to be very important because it has an additional point if measured and counted. But the best score will be attained if the antlers are really long and large since the spread is also being measured. Spread is the length between the left parts of the antler to the right part of the antler. The length from point to point is being measured as well, so in short, bigger antlers will give better points. Circumference means the length of the circle around it, which means the curvier the antlers are, the greater score will be achieved from it.

So when hunting for a mule deer, it's best to find a huge one. But getting these large antlers are not easy to get. Since first you need to have patience and the will to spend more time just to hunt for a large one. Well, if it is for a big trophy then why not hunt for the large one?


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