Get Your Deer Scored

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On Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Texas Big Game Awards and hunting retailers throughout the state will be hosting "Get-Your-Deer-Scored Day." Any hunter who has harvested a white-tailed deer, mule deer, or pronghorn antelope during the 2001-2002 hunting season is eligible to bring the antlers to the selected store and have them scored by a certified TBGA scorer.

Also, any hunter of any age who harvested their first big game animal in Texas, may be eligible for the "First Big Game Harvest" Division. And any youth hunter younger than age 17 who purchased a valid Special Youth Hunting License is eligible to enter the "Youth Division."

  • Austin - McBride's Sporting Goods, 30th and North Lamar.
  • Dallas - Ray's Hardware & Sporting Goods, 730 Singleton Blvd.
  • Houston - Carter's Country, 8925 Katy Freeway.
  • San Antonio - Mesquite Creek Archery & Taxidermy, 5711-A Kenwick Drive at Loop 410 and Bandera Road.

All scoring is based on the Boone & Crockett Club scoring system and entry forms are only available from certified scorers. 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).

The Texas Big Game Awards program promotes education and recognition of quality habitat and quality wildlife in Texas.

Celebrating its 11th year, the Texas Big Game Awards program was created by Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Texas Wildlife Association. 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 white-tailed, mule deer, and pronghorn that have not been released, and that were lawfully harvested in Texas during the current year's hunting season. They must also be native-bred.