HIGH RIDGE, MO.—How does this rack stack up? It’s a question many hunters ask when admiring the antlers from a proudly harvested buck. The deer antler scoring event at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center Saturday, Feb. 8, can provide the answer.
From 9 a.m. to noon, hunters may bring their antler racks from the previous season, or any past season, to have them officially scored. Shed antlers can also be brought in for scoring. Certified scorers from Pope & Young, Boone & Crocket, and Missouri Show-Me Big Bucks Club organizations will be available for evaluation and scoring. Hunters also have the option of dropping off antlers at the education center to be scored and picking them up later. Representatives certified to measure other types of animals will also be on hand.
All racks must have been dried at least 60 days to qualify. Bringing along all harvest information, such as date, time, location and method, is recommended.
The Boone & Crocket Club is the internationally-recognized standard for judging deer racks taken with firearms from any location, while the Pope & Young Club provides the same kind of certification for antlers harvested by bow and arrow. Missouri Show-Me Big Bucks Club recognizes trophy white-tailed deer harvested or found in Missouri, in both the typical and non-typical categories. The club also recognizes shed antlers.
No reservations are required and there is no cost for participating. Standard fees for certification do apply if awarded. For more information, contact (636) 938-9548. The Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, is located at 1100 Antire Road, just off I-44, exit 269 in High Ridge.