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RECORDS PROGRAM FAQ

What is the difference between the All-time book and the Awards book?
Does Boone and Crockett Club accept trophies taken with a bow?
How can I locate Boone and Crockett Club Official Measurers in my area?
Are the tip to tip and greatest spread measurements added into the final score?
What is the drying time for antlers and skulls before they can be officially measured?
What is the deadline for entering a trophy into the book? When can I purchase the book?
What is the difference between the Awards and the All-Time Awards Programs?
How can I purchase a records book with my listing in it?
What is the difference between the All-time Score and the Awards score?
How can I access trophy data?
How and when is a trophy declared an official World's Record?
Do elk and deer always get four circumference measurements? What about eight-pointers? What about twelve-pointers?
Understanding Spread Credit



What is the difference between the All-time book and the Awards book?
The All-time books, such as Records of North American Big Game, 13th Edition, are published every six years and have all trophy listings that meet the All-time minimum score. The Awards books, such as Boone and Crockett Club's 27th Big Game Awards, are published every three years, and have listings of trophies accepted during one, individual, three-year Awards period. The Awards books are considered supplements to the prior editions of the All-time books.

Does Boone and Crockett Club accept trophies taken with a bow?
Yes, our Records Program includes trophies taken by bow, rifle, hand gun and other methods.

How can I locate Boone and Crockett Club Official Measurers in my area?
The fastest and easiest way to find a measurer is to use our on-line OM Search. Follow the instructions on the screen and a list of measurers will be generated for you.

Are the tip to tip and greatest spread measurements added into the final score?
No, they are not. They are supplemental data, required for entry, used by our office to confirm overall appearance of the trophy and positively identify each entry.

What is the drying time for antlers and skulls before they can be officially measured?
Official entries must air dry at room temperature sixty days from the day after the trophy was taken.

What is the deadline for entering a trophy into the book? When can I purchase the book?
Our two regular trophy records book publications, the Awards book, and the All-Time Awards book, come out on a three year and six year schedule. The next entry deadline, which is for the 28th Big Game Awards Program, is December 31, 2012.

What is the difference between the Awards and the All-Time Awards Programs?
Our two trophy records Awards Programs described above have separate minimum scores. The All-Time Program entries continue to be published in our six year book. The Awards Program listings appear in the three year Awards book publication and species specific records books.

How can I purchase a records book with my listing in it?
Purchase our species specific records books, Awards Programs books, or contact the Records Department directly with specific trophy records inquiries.

What is the difference between the All-time Score and the Awards score?
The All-time minimum score is the higher of the two minimum scores, and qualifies a trophy for the All-time book, Records of North American Big Game. Trophies that qualify for the All-time minimum are listed in each new edition of the All-time book. Trophies that qualify for the Awards minimum, but not the All-time minimum, will appear in the Awards book, published every three years, one time only. All trophy owners who have a trophy that scores at or above the Awards or All-time Awards minimum will receive a wall certificate, have their trophy listed in one issue of Fair Chase magazine and corresponding records book publications.

How can I access trophy data?
Purchase our species specific records books, Awards Programs books, or contact the Records Department directly with specific trophy records inquiries. The Club now offers an on-line trophy search subscription. Click here for complete details.

How and when is a trophy declared an official World's Record?
The final score of a potential Boone and Crockett World's Record must be verified by either an Awards Program Judges Panel or a Special Judges Panel before it is declared a new World's Record. Awards Program Judges Panels are assembled once every three years following the close of one of the Club's triennial Awards Programs. In addition to certifying new World's Records, these panels also verify the final scores of the top 5 trophies entered in each category during the preceding three years and certify them for coveted B&C medals and certificates. Special Judges Panels are convened during the interim between Awards Program Judges Panels with the sole purpose of verifying and declaring new World's Records. In either case, two teams of two judges each measure a potential World's Record. If the scores of both teams verify the original measurement, the panel will declare it a new World's Record. If a potential World's Record is not sent in for verification by one of these two panels, it will never be declared a Boone and Crockett World's Record.

Do elk and deer always get four circumference measurements? What about eight-pointers? What about twelve-pointers?
Yes, elk and deer trophies ALWAYS get four circumferences. In the case of an eight-point whitetail, the G-4 is missing. Instead of looking for the smallest location between the G-3 and the G-4, the measurement is taken at the halfway point between the G-3 and the tip of the main beam. Similarly, on a mule deer with no G-3, the H-3 circumference measurement would be taken at a point halfway between where the G-2 measurement begins and the end of the G-2. For deer and elk, no matter how many normal points it has, four circumferences per side will always be the exact number of circumference measurements.

Understanding Spread Credit
Spread Credit on antlered game seems to be the hardest measurement for the general public to understand. Most times, the number that is entered into the spread credit box on a score chart is the inside spread measurement itself. The only exception to this is any time that the inside spread is a larger number than the longest main beam measurement. In this rare case, the longest main beam measurement is put into the spread credit box instead. For example: If Inside Spread=23" and Main Beams=24" and 25", then Spread Credit is 23 (inside spread measurement). If Inside Spread=26" and Main Beams=24" and 25", then Spread Credit is 25 (longest main beam).

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