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Mule deer brow tines count em or not?

Why is it that out west here most guys do not want to count the brow tines?

I have always counted them but have gotten in arguements over it. I pulled up a B&C score sheet and it is definately included in the count. And I've never heard of anyone asking to have them deducted from the score.

 

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It all depends on who is

It all depends on who is doing the counting.  If they are longer than an inch I will include them in the number of points.  But then it is like asking why whitetail hunters count all the points where as a mule deer hunter will only count one side.  It is the old western vrs eastern thing all over again. 

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Preference and tradition

I think that it is mostly just tradition and the whole eastern versus western thing.  I also think part of it is that mule deer typically have brow tines.  I have seen a few that don't, but that seems to be more of the exception rather than the rule.  A final thought is that I think brow tines typically add more measurement to white tails than to mulies. 

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Interesting but over here on

Interesting but over here on the part of the western slope where I hunt brow tines are the exception. I have only taken 2 bucks that had 2 real brow tines. 1 or none is the rule here. Must be the bad genetics in the area where I hunt.

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Interesting

Or it could be that the deer where I hunt are weird.  I only have one deer out of 4 that does not have brow tines.  I believe most of my dad's deer have brow tines, but he got all his out of the same area too.  Now you have me curious what is the norm, or if there is a norm for brow tines for mule deer. 

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I will count them if they are

I will count them if they are long enough to count. I dont care about the score of a buck, but i will count the points. When i judge a deer i dont count all as in a 10 pointer or only count one side like a 4 point but give both sides a value as in 4x4 or 3x4. to me that makes more sence but thats just me. to each there own.

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The largest percentage of

The largest percentage of mule deer normally do not or did not have brow points and the typical whitetail does.   It seems the last 20 years or so that brow times are becoming more prevalent everyhere. I think you are both right in that there seems to be a proclivity for them to have or not have them depending on what area you are in.  Amost all of those that I've taken have brow points, but none longer than bout 3".  However, the second largest one I've taken is slicker than a dogs hind leg all the way up to the forks!  I think they look better with decent brow tines!

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It may be important!

I am headed to Wyoming this October, and my friend who has been there many times says it's important to find out what the DNR/F&G think about it.

 One year the regs required 4 points on a side and the brow tines did NOT count. The next year they DID count. Another time they checked with the F&G in Casper and they said one way, while the F&G in Cheyenne said the other way.

   The application this year said 3 on a side. But my buddy says that has also changed in the past by the time they got out there. You always have to check before going hunting.

It sounds like you'd be wise to ask whoever is working the area you are hunting. Whether hunters count them or not isn't as important as whether the authorities do. Whistling

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good point.

Jaybe you bring up a very good point. the brow tines do not count in oregon on either deer or elk. That would be something to deffintly check out with the local FW dept.

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I've not hunted in any Region

I've not hunted in any Region or unit in Wyoming that had a point restriction and was not even aware that the G&F had any areas where that was the case this year.  Normally I thought if they did that the brow points were not counted as a point.  I know Region R had a 4 point restriction for several years and that meant it had to be a regular antler on at least one side with two forks.  I did hunt down in NM with a muzzleloader last October and at least one side had to be a fork for that hunt.

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I Stand Corrected . . .

. . . I just checked the application again, and for 2010, there was a 4 point restriction, but this year it simply says, "Antlered Deer". Region Y.

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