Academy To Host Big Game Awards Deer Scoring Day

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Any hunter who has harvested a white-tailed deer, mule deer, or pronghorn antelope during the current (2001-2002) hunting season can get the antlers scored by a certified Texas Big Game Awards scorer at selected Academy Sports and Outdoors on Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Katy, 23155 I-10 West; Austin, 4970 W. U.S. Highway 290
  • San Antonio, N. Loop 1604 East
  • North Richland Hills, 7441 N.E. Loop 820

Certified TBGA scorers will be on hand at these locations only. If you would like to have your animal scored, please bring your antlers or trophy mount (no carcasses) to the specified store during the specified hours. All scoring is based on the Boone & Crockett Club scoring system.

Minimum net green Boone & Crockett scores for program eligibility are as follows:

  • Pronghorn -- 70
  • Typical mule deer -- 145
  • Non-typical mule deer -- 160
  • Typical white-tailed deer -- 125 to 140 (depending on region)
  • Non-typical white-tailed deer -- 140 to 155 (depending on region)

Rankings are based on net green B&C score. All entries must be scored by certified TBGA scorers to qualify. Entry forms are only available from certified scorers.

Celebrating its 11th year, the Texas Big Game Awards was created by Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Texas Wildlife Association to help preserve the hunting heritage for future generations. The Texas Big Game Awards annually recognizes more than 2,000 hunters, landowners, youth and first-time hunters.

Entry into all categories is open to wild-raised, native-bred, white-tailed deer, mule deer and pronghorn that have not been released and that were lawfully harvested in Texas during the current year's hunting season.

Hunters of any age who harvest their first big game animal in Texas may be eligible for the program's First Big Game Harvest division. Any youth hunter up to the age of 17 who purchased a valid Special Youth Hunting License is eligible to enter the Youth Division.

For more information on this or any other Texas Big Game Awards function, call David Brimager at (210) 826-2904 or (800) 839-9453, Ext. 114.


hunter25's picture

This sounds like a great

This sounds like a great program and I wish they had something like it around here. In all the years I have been hunting I have only gotten one animal officialy scored and I had to drive over a hundred miles to get it done. It may be easier in some areas but around here I have not had much luck. I have learned to score a few myself with internet instructions this last year and since I have no intentions of entering anything in the book that is good enough for me.

I'm not sure the book score minimums but it seems like the scores for this program are fairly low so it gives a lot more guys an opportunity to get recognized if that is what they want. I'm not sure but I don't think that a 145 muley is really all that big.

Good job on providing this service to the hunters down there though.