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How to Score Your Whitetail Buck

Want to know what your buck measures? Here’s how to score your whitetail deer.

Ready to learn how to measure and score your whitetail deer? Here’s the breakdown of what to look for and how to measure your deer’s rack.venison-mrec

Inside Spread

Measure the spread between the main beams at the widest place.

Make sure you are at a right angle to the longitudinal axis of the skull. This means you are perpendicular to the deer’s body.


Next you’ll want to measure the circumference of the main beam at four different locations. Make sure you continue to measure at a right angle to the longitudinal axis of the animal.

Take the measurement at the smallest place between typical tines, disregarding non-typical tines.

Circumference Between the Burr and T-1

Measure the main antler beam at the smallest place between the burr and the typical brow tine (eye guard).

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Image via HuntStats

Circumference Between T1 and T2

This measurements should be taken between the typical brow tine and the second typical tine.

Circumference Between T2 and T3

For this circumference, measure between the second typical tine and the third typical tine.

Circumference Between T3 and T4

Measure the circumference of the main antler beam at the smallest place between the third typical tine (T-3) and fourth typical tine (T-4).

If T-4 is absent, measure halfway between the center of the base of T-3 and the beam tip.

Length of the Main Beam

Usually the main beam is the rear-most point. If it isn’t clear, look at the contour, size and location of each point to determine which one is the main beam.

Begin your measurement where the center line of the outer edge curve intersects the bottom edge of the burr.

Length of Typical Tines

Disregard any non-typical tines while measuring this part.

Take a measurement of the length of each valid typical tine on each antler. A valid tine should be at least 1 inch long and no wider than its length. The beam tip is not a tine. Missing tines should be marked as zero.

Most deer will not exceed 6-7 typical tines. Also, keep in mind that the typical brow tine should grow upwards, not out to the side.

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Length of Non-Typical Tines

Measure the length of each non-typical tine on each antler. Broken tines are carded off. Again, a valid tine should be at least 1 inch long.

This scoring guide is for educational use only. Don’t consider this official scoring, or in any way a confirmation of a record Please take a look at the Boone & Crockett Official Scoring System for more detailed information and guidelines.

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