FIELD JUDGING

ghost

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Dec 28, 2012
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I can too, but the highest I've counted was a 6x7 so I got to only 13 points ....... ;)


If you can get to within 5-10 points of what it usually scores, why would you need tips on scoring from anyone? I think you are pulling our leg.........(joke).  :)
 

Garrett Weaver

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Dec 28, 2012
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lol yeah 6th grade was the hardest 3 years of my life!

I'm close on deer I should say but elk i'm not near as accurate.
 

MT_mulies

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I'm not very good at elk either. With mule deer I do really well. On the old elk101 site there was a contest for guessing elk scores. You can look at those and try to guess a little bit. You can probably google some kind of a scoring game I would guess. That is about the best way I think. Or everytime you go into a sporting good store try to guess the size of the elk and then ask the owner what it was. They will probably know.
 

GoatT

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Dec 28, 2012
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I try to do as much field judging as I can.  I also like to go over to my brother-in-law's taxidermy shop and measure up some of the antlers to see how close I can come.  We have had some good bets on scoring.  Over the last few years I have gotten better, just because I have seen more bone up close.
 

RockyMountainHi

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Dec 28, 2012
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Garrett Weaver said:
Usually I can get within about 5-10 points of what it will score. Any tips on field judging.

Bring your tape? ???  I would be lucky to be with 30-50 points of the actual score.
 

COelkaholic88

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Jan 4, 2013
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I was told by a very expirenced elk hunter about field judging bulls on the hoof. He told me that if I think I'm looking at a 350" bull, to start with a base score of 200. That 200 comes from an average spread of 40", 30" of mass per side, and 50" main beams per side. 40+60+100=200. Then all you have to do is add up the tine length. I have used this before and have been fairly close, however practice makes perfect. Hope this helps.  :)
 

GoatT

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I read recently that the average length of a bulls body (from shoulders to hind end) is 50 inches long and height (from top of back to belly) is 30 inches.  If their beams are as long their body with really good tine length and width you would be looking at a good 350" bull.  I think I read it in the latest Eastman's Bowhunting Journal I got.
 

Bullhunter

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I found this article on the elk101 site. I think it breaks it down pretty well.


http://elk101.com/featured-articles/features/field-judging-elk/
 

COelkaholic88

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BullHunter said:
I found this article on the elk101 site. I think it breaks it down pretty well.


http://elk101.com/featured-articles/features/field-judging-elk/


Bullhunter, thanks for the link. It goes further in depth than to what I was referring too.
 

wyoelk300+

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Apr 16, 2013
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Another good resource I've read was out of Eastman's Elk Hunting the West, the guide starts on page 241 and goes through pg 251.  It includes pictures as well as some good body size references for quick and relatively accurate field judging.
 

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