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Patriotarms
(505) 693-5500
121 W. Llano Estacado Blvd
Clovis, NM
 
Hibbett Sports
(575) 763-5879
2809 N Prince St
Clovis, NM
 
Paisano's Place
(575) 762-9266
1900 N Prince St
Clovis, NM
 
Two Rivers Dam
(505) 472-3115
P.O. Box 345
Santa Rosa, NM
Other Activties
Hunting; Picnicking; Wildlife Viewing

El Malpais National Conservation Area
(505) 761-8700
435 Montano NE
Albuquerque, NM
Other Activties
Biking; Camping; Hiking; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Off Highway Vehicle; Picnicking; Visitor Center; Wilderness; Wildlife Viewing

Crosshair Gun Shop
(505) 762-5056
214 North Main Street
Clovis, NM
 
Big 5 Sporting Goods
(575) 762-2867
4001 N Prince St
Clovis, NM
 
Organ Mountains Recreation Area
(505) 627-0272
2909 Well Second ST
Roswell, NM
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Biking; Camping; Hiking; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Picnicking; Wildlife Viewing

Cibola National Forest
(505) 346-3900
2113 Osuna Road
Albuquerque, NM
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Biking; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Off Highway Vehicle; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Wildlife Viewing

Brantley Reservoir
(505) 462-3540
505 Marquette NW
Albuquerque, NM
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Picnicking; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

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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