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Kading Cabin
(406) 449-5490
2001 POPLAR
Helena, MT
Other Activties
Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Horseback Riding; Hunting

Indian Flats Cabin
(406) 449-5490
2001 POPLAR
Helena, MT
Other Activties
Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Horseback Riding; Hunting

Freezeout Lake
(406) 467-2646
Helena, MT
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Hunting; Picnicking

Pishkun Reservoir
(406) 444-2535
Helena, MT
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hunting; Picnicking; Winter Sports

Carroll College Boy's Soccer School
1601 N. Benton Ave.
Helena, MT
 
Helena National Forest
(406) 449-5201
2880 Skyway Drive
Helena, MT
Other Activties
Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Wildlife Viewing

Canyon Ferry Lake
(406) 475-3310
7661 Canyon Ferry Road
Helena, MT
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hunting; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing; Winter Sports

Helena Valley Reservoir
(406) 444-2535
1420 E. 6th Ave.
Helena, MT
Other Activties
Fishing; Hunting; Picnicking

Carroll College Girls Soccer School
1601 N. Benton Ave.
Helena, MT
 
Cross Currents
(406) 449-2292
326 N. Jackson
Helena, MT
 

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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