Boone & Crockett™ Scoring System
The Boone & Crockett Club’s (B&CC) scoring system was established in the early 1900s in response to the dramatic decline of big game species in North America due to overharvesting from commercial market hunting, unregulated sport hunting, irresponsible land use practices, and disease. Its original purpose was the recovery of big game populations by the gathering of biological data, encouraging the selective harvest of mature male specimens (a trophy) and by establishing a code of conduct for sportsmen to follow known then and today as “fair chase.” All these efforts were aimed at the creation of a system of conservation and game management guided, practiced, and paid for by sportsmen.
Today, with our big game populations having gone from the threatened to robust, Boone and Crockett trophy records remain as a classic gauge of the success of our systems of conservation and game management.
White-tailed deer can fall into two categories for record book consideration: Typical (meaning the most common antler configuration for the specie, which does not include abnormal points) and Non-Typical (meaning the deer possesses unique antler characteristics and/or conformation by the growth of abnormal points). The minimum requirements for a typical white-tailed deer are 160-inches for the 3-year Awards book and 170-inches for the All-time record book. The minimum requirements for a Non-Typical white-tailed deer are 185-inches and 195-inches respectively. To be eligible for entry into Boone and Crockett records, all animals must be taken in “fair chase” as defined by the Club. To learn more about B&C entry requirements and fair chase, visit http://www.boone-crockett.org/huntingEthics/ethics_fairchase.asp?area=huntingEthics
- BOONE AND CROCKETT CLUB (NON-TYPICAL WHITETAIL AND COUES’ DEER)
- BOONE AND CROCKETT CLUB (TYPICAL WHITETAIL AND COUES’ DEER)
Pope & Young™ Scoring System
TIn the 1950s the Pope & Young Club (P&YC) was established to advance and protect bowhunting in North America, which was not being taken seriously by state wildlife agencies and others as a legitimate hunting method. To gather data proving bowhunting was an affective and therefore acceptable method of harvest the Pope & Young Club began recording data on trophies taken by just bow and arrow using the Boone and Crockett system, which had already gained wide public acceptance.
Just as with B&CC, all entries must be taken by “fair chase” and with bowhunting equipment, excluding crossbows. White-tailed deer can be entered into the same two categories (Typical and Non-Typical) as the B&CC. However, minimum scores are much lower for P&Y because of the strict use of archery equipment. A Typical white-tailed deer must be at least 125-inches, which a Non-Typical must reach at least 155-inches to be considered for entry. To learn more about P&Y entry requirements and fair chase, visit http://www.pope-young.org/records_entry-requirements.asp
- Pope & Young Club (NON-TYPICAL WHITETAIL AND COUES’ DEER)
- Pope & Young Club (TYPICAL WHITETAIL AND COUES’ DEER)
Buckmaster™ (BTR) Scoring System
Safari Club International prides itself in protecting the freedom to hunt through policy advocacy, litigation, and education to ensure that hunting is around for future generations.
The SCI Record Book of Animals uses SCI’s unique all-inclusive record keeping system, the most used system in the world, to document hunting heritage. Unlike the other three scoring systems SCI recognizes both free range and estate taken animals. NO deductions are enforced penalizing animals for asymmetry in the SCI scoring system. The SCI Record Book of Animals contains volumes from Africa, North America, North America – Introduced, and the Rest of the World. The books are printed at various times based on the entry submission for each book since the prior printing.
White-tailed deer can be entered into the two main categories (Typical and Non-Typical) but also by location and weapon type. Minimum scores vary greatly from any harvested male whitetail in the Carmen Mountains to 150-inches for Northwestern US whitetails. For more information on minimum scores visit http://www.scifirstforhunters.org/members/RB/view_minimums.cfm and for information on submitting an entry to the SCI record books visit http://www.scifirstforhunters.org/content/index.cfm?action=view&Content_ID=134&Parent_Content_ID=105
- Buckmaster™ (BTR) Scoring System