Boone and Crockett Club
The Hunting Warehouse
The Boone and Crockett
club system is used to
calculate a numerical
score that can be
registered and compared
to the all - time list in its
record book. The club’s
method of measurement is
the only universally
accepted system of
measurement for the North
American big game.

It’s long been proven that
Boone and Crockett
system of
measurement of antlers,
horns, or skills is the best
system available.
Under this system re-measurement of trophies can be done at any time to
confirm or re-establish a ranking-this is due to the enduring quality of the
measured features. Re-measuring would not be possible if body weight or length
were part of the system. Besides, weight and length measurement would be
difficult to apply consistently, especially regarding heavy game taken deep in the
wilderness that would require quartering and extended transport.
The world’s
record whitetail is 206 5/8.
The current Boone and Crockett Club system of measurement evolved from
several viewpoints over a period of years. The system was described by Grancel
Fitz in 1963 in his book, “How to Measure and Score Big Game Trophies”. He
was commissioned by the club to help establish the current system. The Boone
and Crockett club was first used to measure big game in 1932. In 1973, the club
signed an agreement with the National Rifle Association of America to jointly
sponsor future competitions under the name of the “North American Big Game
Awards Program”. The club continues to set the standards for the programs,
while the NRA performs the everyday administrative duties. Each awards
program covers a three year period of trophy registration. The finest trophies
registered are eligible for medal and/or certification awards. Hunting native big
game from north of the south boundary of Mexico are eligible for the records
book. All trophies registered must be shown to have been taken in full
compliance with all existing laws and in full compliance.
We have four classes of deer for records under the designation “typical”. These
are the whitetail, coues, mule and Columbian blacktail. In “typical” rack, any
abnormal antler points are subtracted from the total of normal points to arrive at
the final numerical score. This procedure rewards symmetry and penalizes
variation from the norm. Most deer taken each year fit readily into the typical
What is a normal point? Generally, normal points should be paired to
corresponding points of nearly equal length on the opposite beam. Unpaired
points and points growing from other than normal locations on the antler are
considered abnormal. The basic consideration here is the overall effect of
symmetry and what the individual point does to this effect. A point is any
projection on the antler over one inch long, and longer than wide.
Although most deer taken by hunters have typical antlers, enough variation in
point locations occur in whitetail, coues, and mule deer to merit “non typical”
categories for these species. In the non-typical categories, trophies are not
penalized for a lack of symmetry. Measuring and scoring a non typical deer is
done exactly as for a typical one, except that the sum of the abnormal points is
added to the total for normal points rather than subtracted.
There is no non typical designation for Columbian blacktail. Although there is
probably the same percentage of non typical trophies here as in the other deer
varieties, the current harvest is too small to show it. Increased harvest figures in
the future could well produce the necessary evidence to call for the additional
A basic and important consideration to keep in mind is that a trophy may be
measured as both typical and non typical with the higher ranking score used to
register the trophy.
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