Hunting trophies are exactly what they sound like, trophies for hunters. Every year around the world, responsible hunters are invited and encouraged to take part in a regional hunting season. Their prize is a head trophy displayed ravishingly in their dens.
The most popular animal to hunt during the season is a Mule or a Blacktail deer. North America hosts an annual event called “Big game hunting” and the winner is determined by the size of their kill. If you are a new hunter, then you might be wondering how to score a mule deer that wins you the competition. Following is all you need to know about measuring and scoring a mule or a blacktail deer.
Measuring the Deer:
When you are trying to measure your kill, don’t measure the whole body, just the head of the deer. The antlers on the head are the real prize, therefore they have to be measured accurately. Following is the division of antlers and step by step guide for measuring them.
- Measure the Inside: For an accurate measurement of the antlers, always start from the inside. Measure the distance between the two antlers from the inside. Always measure the distance between the main beams of the antlers for a perfect reading.
- Main Beam: The main beam is the origin point of the antlers, and is on the top of the skull. Measure from the base of the beam to the tip. Remember to follow the main beam and not the branches.
- G-1: This is the first growth or the branch of the antler. Measure from where it starts to where it ends. Remember, only measure the growth of the branch and not the base.
- G-2, G-3, & G-4: Like G-1, they are also the branches of antlers and can be easily differentiated by their placement on the antlers. Usually, a typical mature buck will have these four branches on its antlers. Any abnormalities can be measured but do not add up to the final score. Always measure from the base to the tip of each branch to get an accurate reading.
- H-1: This is the circumference of the width of the antler and follows the same measurement pattern as that of G-1. H-1 is the width of the main beam and is measured at its thinnest point according to the rules.
- H-2, H-3, H-4: Just like the branches, there are four points to measure the circumference. Simply measure the width of each base from where the branches originate. Remember for an accurate reading always measure the thinnest part of the base.
This is how you measure one side of the antlers, repeat the process on the other antler.
Scoring the Deer:
Once you have measured both sides of the antlers, simply add up the scores of both sides. The final score determines the size of the kill and its classification on the table.
The above method is widely accepted and the only reliable one to measure a big game. Hunting is a gentlemen’s game, so always hunt responsibly. There are a number of guides available on the internet that you can use to know more about mule scoring.