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Sports Authority
(307) 632-0712
Frontier Mall, 1400 Del Range Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY
Services
Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Firearms/Hunting, Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 6:00pm Mall store hours may vary.

Shootin Shack
307630503
4086 Blue Bonnet Ln
Hillsdale, WY
 
Hardkore Inc
(307) 632-3684
5313 Yellowstone Rd
Cheyenne, WY
 
Foot of the Rockies
(307) 778-7866
1740 Dell Range Blvd Ste D
Cheyenne, WY
 
Sportsfan
(307) 778-3840
Frontier Mall
Cheyenne, WY
 
Sierra Trading Post
5025 Campstool Rd
Cheyenne, WY
 
Famous Footwear
(307) 778-0497
1400 Dell Range Blvd Spc 51
Cheyenne, WY
 
Supply Sergeant
(307) 635-5491
3415 Ridge Rd
Cheyenne, WY
 
Elbe Arms
(307) 634-5731
610 E 27th St
Cheyenne, WY
 
Hedrick Herman
(307) 635-5491
3415 Ridge Rd
Cheyenne, WY
 

The Scoring Game

What is it about antler mass that gets hunters so worked up? I've gotta admit, I too fall victim to the bottom line score now and again. So prominent is the numbers game that it frequently defines our hunting success.

Within our fraternity, scoring has become the vehicle for measuring trophy excellence. Outside our sub-culture however, many chastise us under the politically incorrect label of 'trophy hunters'. Society, under the misguided direction of mainstream media, has been fleeced; convinced that trophy hunters care only about antlers to the exclusion of the animal itself. Attracted exclusively to the rack, big buck hunters are immediately assumed to not give a 'tinker's you know what" about the meat. This couldn't be further from the truth. In fact each and every scoring club from Boone & Crockett to Buckmasters maintains a strict conservation ethic. Sure there are those among us who hunt irresponsibly. I'd be remiss not to recognize the few bad eggs that spoil our public image. On the other hand, I'd venture to say most sportsmen, that is to say, those ascribing to the true trophy hunting mentality, place infinite value in not just the size of a deer's headgear measured by the bottom line score, but most importantly on wildlife management as a whole.

Scoring is Fun
Keeping score is just plain fun! We live in a competitive world, and scoring provides an element of competition and a marker for comparison. From sports to business, measuring or evaluating performance and quality go hand in hand. Hunters are no different. We revel in the almighty score. Fact is we use numbers not only as a measurement tool, but more to the point, as a standardized method of qualification. From moose to elk, sheep and every other indigenous big game animal most hunters are familiar with key measurements of their favorite species.

Start to finish, scoring is a proven method of evaluating the size of an animal. From Boone & Crockett to Pope & Young and Longhunter, each represents a standard for North American big game taken with rifle, bow or muzzleloader respectively. The only exception is Jackie Bushman's revolutionary Buckmasters BTR system which accounts for every inch of antler without deduction for abnormalities.

Personal philosophies aside, scoring offers a consistent way to compare what some consider, 'apples with apples'. While more traditional scoring categorizes antlers in typical or non-typical categories, the BTR system counts every inch of antler growth whether it is entirely symmetrical or irregular.

An unfortunate reality, some hunters today place infinite value on the almighty score. Losing sight of the historical premise upon which conservation-based scoring clubs were founded, record classification becomes the 'be all and end all' in their pursuit of game. Too few recognize that each and every scoring organization places a high value not only on trophy classification, but more importantly on preservation of wildlife and the environment...

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