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Dick's Sporting Goods
(704) 662-9066
590 J River Highway
Mooresville, NC
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(704) 896-6244
Birkdale Village
Huntersville, NC
 
Charlotte 49ers Soccer Camp
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC
 
Sports Authority
(704) 979-0177
8094 Concord Mills Boulevard
Concord, NC
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Simulator, Golf Trade-In Program, Firearms/Hunting, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Carolina Mountain Sports
(704) 871-1444
101 E. Broad St.
Statesville, NC
 
Davidson Soccer Camps
Po Box 1659
Davidson , NC
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(704) 262-7373
6080 Bayfield Parkway
Concord, NC
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(704) 295-4411
University Mall
University, NC
 
Bass Pro Sports
(704) 979-2200
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
Hours
Mon - Sat 9:00am - 10:00pmSun 10:00am - 8:00pm

Trading Post & Pawn
704483286
673 N Hwy 16
Denver, NC
 

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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