big game

A system for calculating a figure of merit for North American big game trophies was devised by James L. Clark in 1935, and another by Grancel Fitz in 1939. Having two systems is confusing, so in 1949 the Boone and Crockett Club appointed a committee to develop a scoring system that incorporated the best features of the two existing systems with such corrections, additions, and simplifications as they thought necessary. The system the committee produced is the one now used for North American game trophies. The record keeping continues to be done by the Boone and Crockett Club (250 Station Dr., Missoula, MT 59801).

The scoring system is a point system, and varies with the species. For whitetail deer, for example, it is based entirely upon measurements of the antlers: inside spread, the length of each tine, the circumference at various locations, and so on. Boone and Crockett publishes a report form for each species, somewhat resembling an income tax form. A hunter who has shot what he or she believes to be a trophy animal submits the completed and signed form to the club.

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