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Philosophy of NADSC Scoring

Parker Scoring System for Deer where Mass is King!     by Lindsay Parker

The Boone and Crockett (B&C) scoring system for deer is the gold standard.  There are other system of note; the Safari Club International (SCI) scoring system, the Buckmaster system, and the Burkettt system.  Each one has it's Pros and Cons.  I'll give you my two cents.  The Boone and Crockett system is designed for symmetry and width (their perfect wideth, because large wideth without a long main beam don't count).  Pros. It's the best known system.  When a score is given, like B&C 180, it is easy for most experienced hunter to picture that rack in their mind.  Cons.  B&C takes away for asymmetry in both typical and non-typical scores.  They also add in a credit for inside spread, why? Useless they want to put emphasis on width.  The SCI system is basically an offshoot of the B&C Non-typical score, except there is no deductions for asymmetry of the main frame.  Pros.  It gives the deer credit for all it tine lengths.  Cons.  It still throws in the inside spread credit, why?  I guess because Boone and Crockett does.  The Buckmaster system is probably the simplest system.  It basically measures all tine length and four circumference measurement.  Pros:  It is the simplest way to score a deer antler.  There is no spread credit so individual horns can be measured.  Cons:  The score is lower than all other systems, and no one want a lower score.  The Burkett system is designed to measure volume and is totally different than the other systems.  Pros.  It is probably the most accurate method of measurement of the total antler.  You see, in all the other systems, circumference measurements are at the smallest diameter between each of the main points so, it is a variable measurement.  Cons.  It is way too complicated and difficult for the average Joe measure or to understand.

The Parker (NADS) Scoring System for Deer.  I have developed the Parker system because I believe Mass is King!  When you talk to most avid hunter and ask them what is most important when it comes to a trophy deer.  Almost without exception, mass is most important.  The width of the buck's rack is a close second.   The tine length is third.  Now, I'm a born and breed Mule Deer hunter and when I talk to a neophyte hunter most say I want a 30 inch buck.  Which is a worthy goal.   But when you compare a willow horned thirty inchers to a massive horned 28 incher there is no real comparison.  I shot a 44 inch monster muley in 1996.  It's a great trophy but if it didn't have the mass to go with the width it would have been just a freak deer.  So as you look at our scoring system here are the basics.  You measure every scorable tine length and give the rack full credit, no deductions for asymmetry or abnormal points.  You take four circumference measurements, per side, at the smaller diameter between each point, just like the other systems.  There is no width credit.  This score is the net score.  This would be the same score as the Buckmaster system.  Now you double the mass measurement.  What this does is increase the value of mass in the final score.  Pros.  It is the simplest method for scoring a deer (along with the Buckmaster system) and it places more emphasis on mass instead of symmetry and width.  Cons.  If all you care about is a perfect, symmetrical rack this isn't your system.  The only other problem is the score will typically be 15% greater than in the gold standard B&C system.  But like I said before, you probably would like a higher score than a lower score, right?

Finally, I'm not out to make a name for myself creating a new scoring system for deer.  I just want a system that reflects what I like the most, not what someone else likes the most.  So if you agree with me, use The Parker (NADS) scoring system for deer and remember Mass is King!

NOTE:  We also have a typical score.  This is scored the same as the B&C Typical method, BUT there is no width credit and the mass score is doubled.