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Patuxent Research Refuge
(301) 497-5761
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Visitor Center; Wildlife Viewing

Premier Athletics Club
4201 Wilson Blvd. #110553
Arlington, VA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(703) 933-0736
5714 Columbia Pike
Bailey'S Crossroads, VA
 
Art of Scoring Goals
(703) 287-0088
8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 300
McLean, VA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(301) 885-1762
11080 Mall Circle Road
Waldorf, MD
 
Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge
(703) 490-4979
7603 High Point Rd
Lorton, VA
Other Activties
Hiking; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Wildlife Viewing

Georgetown International Youth Soccer
Po Box 9862
Washington, DC
 
Sasho Cirovski's Maryland Soccer Camp
4423 Lehigh Road #396
College Park, MD
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(301) 947-0200
2 Grand Corner Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD
 
Modell's Sporting Goods
(202) 399-6583
1518 Benning Road
Washington, DC
Hours
9:30AM - 8:30PM MONDAY - THURSDAY
9:00AM - 9:00PM FRIDAY - SATURDAY
11:00AM - 7:00PM SUNDAY

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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