Scoring a Trophy Buck
The Boone and Crockett Club
Formed in 1887 by president Theodore Roosevelt and George Bird Grinnel, who later founded the National Audubon Society, the Boone and Crockett club (named after Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett) has become one of the largest forces in big game hunting today.
In 1932, when they announced their rules for fair chase, hunters began to realize, and more importantly, practice a certain, more ethical approach to hunting. And with the development of the Boone and Crockett scoring system, hunters approach the field with a greater understanding of the advantages to letting smaller animals walk in order to maybe get a chance at the buck of their lives.
The Boone and Crockett club developed this system by measuring the different deer antler dimensions of the whitetail's antlers or rack. Minimum requirements for a trophy whitetail buck are set at 160 B&C points. Minimum requirements for an all time whitetail buck are 170 B&C points.
Boone and Crockett's largest whitetail buck, the Hanson Buck, measured an outstanding 213 5/8 points typical. Boone and Crockett's largest non-typical measured 333 7/8 points, a St. Louis monster found dead near a highway. Today, scoring can be done by trained professionals from the Boone and Crockett club.
Fair chase are the only rules required for entry.
Rules of Fair Chase
The term "fair chase" shall not include the taking of animals under the following conditions:
- Helpless in a trap, deep snow or water, or on ice.
- From any power vehicle or power boat.
- While confined behind fences as on game farms, etc.
- By "jacklighting" or shining at night.
- By the use of any tranquilizers or poisons.
- By the use of any power vehicles or power boats for herding or driving animals, including use of aircraft to land alongside or to communicate with or direct a hunter on the ground.
- By the use of electronic devices for attracting, locating, or pursuing game, or guiding the hunter to such game, or by the use of a bow or arrow to which any electronic device is attached.
- Any other condition considered by the Board of Directors as unsportsmanlike.