how to measure the inside spread of a whitetail deer

Assuming you can get a frontal view, estimating a buck’s inside spread should be easy.

So, if you bag a buck with five points on each antler, the typical weigh to ‘score’ that buck would be to call it a 5×5.

Records, Outstanding White-tailed Deer, etc., use this scoring system.

Next, measure the spread of the antlers from the highest tip on one side to the highest tip on the other side. Scorable points are any points that exceed 1 inch in length and is longer than it is wide at … One last word of advice, when the time comes to shoot, don’t bother looking at the antlers one more time. Next, measure the spread of the antlers from the further tip on one side of the antlers to the other side at the widest point. It's interesting that this wasn't always the case. This miscalculation leads to that common malady known as “ground shrinkage.”.

To estimate the inside spread of a deer's antlers, it's easy -- how far outside the tips of the ears do the antlers protrude? For example, if his main beam appears to be half an ear or three inches outside the ear tip on each side, then by adding 6 to 16 we find that he has a 22-inch spread. With a little practice, you will be surprised how close your estimates will become.

And never forget that a rear view almost always gives an inflated impression of how big the antlers really are. In that case, use the length of the longest mainbeam as the spread credit.

Remember the average Boone and … Your buck doesn’t need to be 3 or 4 inches outside each ear if ears are on alert. Comments on this site are submitted by users and are not endorsed by nor do they reflect the views or opinions of COLE Publishing, Inc. These things can be quickly evaluated in the field with a few simple calculations.

1) Overall Symmetry: In both the Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young club’s scoring systems, deductions are taken off the gross score of a typical rack for imperfections. Each ear is about 6 inches in length. Use the reference points mentioned above to quickly estimate the score, then check them against the actual score. And it’s found by measuring the distance across the inside of the beams at the widest point at the widest point perpendicular to the skull. If you are hunting in an area that traditionally produces huge-bodied deer, or if you are hunting the little Coues’ deer, you will need to adjust your “rulers” accordingly. Typical Coues’ whitetail deer scoring 144-1/8 points, Extra long main beams – 20-2/8 and 20-5/8 inches, Typical Coues' whitetail deer scoring 104-1/8 points, Strong G-2s and G-3s – 9-6/8 and 9-2/8 inches, respectively. These measurements will also need to be taken with a steel cable or steel tape.

Make sure that the tape measure is held parallel to the top of the deer’s head. Use the buck’s “rulers” to estimate the score, then check your calculations by actually measuring the rack. "The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak. No part of the Coues’ deer’s current range is inhabited by the larger whitetail, thus separating the two subspecies.

", Position Statement on Big Game Records and Hunting, North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. Step 1. Typical 5x5 frame.

(If G-1 left equals 32/8 and G-1 right equals 35/8, the difference is 3/8.) These will be our “rulers” for antler size estimation.

This regulation, which has been in effect …

Nearly all the bucks that make the records book have at least five normal points per side. Is he outside of his ear tips? It can cause your nervous system to do strange things.

To do this, simply measure the horizontal distance in between the widest part of the curve on the inside of each side of the antlers. Coues’ deer are miniature, desert-dwelling cousins of the familiar whitetail. Interestingly, the antler beams of Coues’ deer may well be nearly as thick as those on a mature whitetail. However, by using this criterion alone, a long-beamed buck might be passed over if you only have a side view and the buck has a wide spread and/or its antlers turn sharply in so that the main beam tips nearly touch. Next, measure the spread of the antlers from the highest tip on one side to the highest tip on the other side.

The major features that make up a B&C score for a whitetail deer are: F - main beam length, G - point lengths, H - circumferences, and D - Inside Spread (not shown).

This allows us to count the standing normal points G-2, G-3, G-4, etc., and quickly add that to the number 2 (brow tine and beam tip). The circumference of his eye is four inches, and from the center of the eye to the end of his nose should measure about eight inches.

The typical pattern of a mature whitetail’s antler development is an unbranched main beam that normally develops from three to seven (sometimes more) unbranched points per antler at roughly spaced intervals.

Mass: Here is where the deer’s 4-inch eye circumference is helpful. Shoot! G. Inside Spread is important and can also rack up inches quickly however this is a measurement that is grossly overcompensated. Not lacking in anything: mass, point lengths, or long beams. Count the number of points on the antlers on each side, and record them (NOTE: a point counts as a ‘point’ if it’s greater than one inch, otherwise, it’s simply an abnormal feature on the rack and should not be counted). Whenever possible you want to be able to look at the rack from the front and both sides, which is extremely helpful to estimate the length of the main beams. But for those hoping to shoot a buck with antlers that meet or exceed a certain numeric score, more often than not, they overestimate the size of the antlers. The primary goals of the experimental antler-restriction regulation were: Improve the age structure of the buck herd; Increase hunter opportunity; and; Encourage landowners and hunters to become more actively involved in better habitat management. Conversely, if the antlers take your breath away at first glance, who cares what it scores? In a perfect world, you would be able to leisurely look the antlers over before deciding to shoot, or not. Compare the corresponding measurements -- beams, points and circumferences -- from the right antler to the left, and subtract the smaller number from the larger. A large non-typical Coues’ deer will show these qualities plus several noticeable abnormal points.

Next, you need to measure the circumferences points for the antlers, or the narrowest point between one spot on the antlers and another. The vast majority of deer will not have that many, but in case yours does, you can simply add space yourself. In a quick estimate, forget about these and look for all the longer antler points including the brow tines. Join other outdoor enthusiasts who already get great content delivered right to their inbox.

This is a simplistic way to score the rack of a buck, but a little more complicated way (and the way that is used to measure trophies and records) is to measure the points, beams, and the circumference of the beams in between the points using the Boone and Crockett score method.

An inside spread measurement between main beams of 13 inches or greater; or; Six points or more on one antler. Ideally, the rack should be viewed from the front and the side especially when judging the main beams. The actual main beam length is estimated using our ear length and eye to nose “rulers.”. Use the same ear length reference point to give you a quick idea of how long the tines might be.

Measure the inside spread at the widest point and use that number UNLESS it's greater than the longest mainbeam. Next, you need to measure the inside spread of the beams. Add up all these differences (and any non-typical points), and … NOTE: for this score method to work, you must ensure that both the skull plate and each of the antlers are fully intact. A mature Coues’ deer antler set may well look like a small whitetail set, although usually developed to a more “finished” look overall. Have your scoring document handy and log your measurements as you work your way through the beams and points. Boone and Crockett white-tailed deer antler score represents a sum of antler lengths, point lengths, circumferences and inside spread measured in inches to the nearest ⅛ inch. Again, record the measurement. To do this we need things of known sizes to visually compare the antlers to and in this case we will use the deer’s ears, eyes, and nose. Inside spread just over 21 inches. Repeat the process above in between each points, always remembering to use the narrowest circumference. Roughly, the abnormal points will need to total about 10 inches (current typical all-time records book minimum entry score is 110 and that for non-typical is 120), which means generally about three or four abnormal points on the rack.

We’ll go over how it’s done in greater detail. While this can be an inexact science considering the range of sizes from the diminutive Coues’ deer to the bulky giants of Canada, we are going to throw out the biggest and the smallest and take an average of the most common whitetails found in the United States. Points may be quickly counted by assuming that an overwhelming majority of mature whitetail bucks grow a brow tine on each antler and that the main beam tip usually lies almost horizontally. The most practical way to practice your field-judging skills is to estimate the score of mounted heads.

Next, and to many, the most impressive features of a trophy whitetail are the number and lengths of the points on his rack. Again, record the measurement. Therefore, you are looking for the same features as in whitetails, only reduced in expression.

However, this isn’t always possible and sometimes you will just have to go with your gut feeling.