How to Score North American Big Game, 5th Edition


A Joint Official Measurers Manual for the Boone and Crockett Club and Pope and Young Club

While the definition of a successful hunt is left to its participants, the Boone and Crockett Club scoring system remains the benchmark for identifying mature big-game animals and healthy big-game populations.

In this newly revised edition of How to Score North American Big Game, Boone and Crockett Club collaborated with Pope and Young Club to bring both organizations’ scoring manuals into a single text. From its founding in 1961, Pope and Young has used Boone and Crockett’s scoring system. With the steps taken by both organizations to bring slight differences that developed over time together, this was the natural next step in ensuring uniform use of the system throughout North America. The resulting text is the definitive guide to the correct use of the Boone and Crockett scoring system with both organizations’ rules and procedures clearly outlined. It is explained in detail using simple, straightforward language and more than 100 color illustrations and diagrams by noted wildlife artist and B&C Official Measurer Chris Lacey.

A must-have addition to the library of any hunter-conservationist, the latest edition of How to Score North American Big Game offers the most up-to-date scoring techniques with easy-to-follow instructions for the categories recognized by each organization—38 for Boone and Crockett and 36 for Pope and Young. As with previous editions of How to Score North American Game, category boundaries are detailed for the organizations and accompanied by color maps produced by OnX maps.




Includes detailed measuring instructions and score chart examples for:

  • Bear and cougar skulls
  • Walrus
  • American elk
  • Roosevelt’s and tule elk
  • Mule and blacktail deer
  • Whitetail and Coues’ whitetail deer
  • Moose
  • Caribou
  • Pronghorn
  • Bison
  • Rocky Mountain goat
  • Musk ox
  • Sheep

This book is available in a softcover, spiral bound edition OR as a downloadable PDF. You must have Adobe Acrobat installed on your device in order to view the PDFs. You can purchase the entire manual as a PDF or individual chapters. The individual chapter PDFs include the introduction to the manual, general measuring techniques, category boundaries (if applicable), and the scoring chapter for the category you selected.

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