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Zunino/Jiggs Reservoir Recreation Management Area
(775) 753-0200
P.O. Box 831 3900 E. Idaho
Elko, NV
Other Activties
Camping; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Picnicking; Wildlife Viewing; Winter Sports

Wilson Reservoir Recreation Management Area
(775) 753-0200
P.O. Box 831 3900 E. Idaho
Elko, NV
Other Activties
Biking; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Off Highway Vehicle; Picnicking; Water Sports; Winter Sports

Walker Lake Recreation Management Area
(702) 482-7800
5665 Morgan Mill Rd
Carson City, NV
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hunting; Picnicking; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Desert National Wildlife Range
(702) 879-6110
16001 Corn Creek Rd
Las Vegas, NV
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Wildlife Viewing

Fallon National Wildlife Refuge
(775) 423-5128
Fallon, NV
Other Activties
Hunting

South Fork Owyhee River Recreation Management Area
(775) 753-0200
P.O. Box 831 3900 E. Idaho
Elko, NV
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Climbing; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Wildlife Viewing

Horsethief Gulch Campground
702/647-5000
4765 West Vegas Drive
Las Vegas, NV
Other Activties
Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Picnicking; Wildlife Viewing

Black Rock Desert Recreation Area
(702) 623-1500
5100 East Winnemucca Blvd.
Winnemucca, NV
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Camping; Climbing; Historic & Cultural Site; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Off Highway Vehicle; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge
(775) 779-2237
HC 60 Box 860
Ruby Valley, NV
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Boating; Fishing; Historic & Cultural Site; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Visitor Center

Zunino/Jiggs Reservoir Recreation Management Area
(775) 753-0200
P.O. Box 831 3900 E. Idaho
Elko, NV
Other Activties
Camping; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Picnicking; Wildlife Viewing; Winter Sports

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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