How to Count Points on a Buck

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Counting points on a buck’s antlers could be comfortable when dealing with younger bucks. The antlers develop with time and acquire more features with every new shedding. They become larger, wider, and acquire even more points. Counting the points on a buck’s antler is one of the methods you can use to rate the antler’s quality.

While several protrusions appear on a buck’s antlers with the time of antler development, some protrusions don’t qualify as points. However, you could follow a recommended process to distinguish mere protrusions from points in an antler.

What is the Best Method of Counting Points on a Buck?

It is common to hear arguments on what the correct method of counting points on a buck is or should be. While some hunters prefer counting the only the points on one side of the antler, others consider counting points on both sides. 

Based on research, right from the old days, hunters preferred counting points from both sides of the antler. The clear reason for this preference is that the number of points is not usually equal all the time. It is possible to get a buck with an odd number of points on its antler. And so, using this method gives an accurate figure of points on the rack.

The other method, where you only count points on one side, would work perfectly well only if the number of points was equal on both sides. Otherwise, you would be leaving out some points uncounted.

How Long Should a Point be to Qualify as an Acceptable Point on Buck’s Antler?

Not every point you find on a buck’s antlers qualifies for an acceptable point that you can count for recording. Some of these are mere protrusions, which you should not consider counting with the main points.

The length of each point is one of the main features hunters consider when rating an antler’s points. You can only rank a protrusion as a valid point on the rack of the buck after measuring its length. For a protrusion to be considered a point, it must measure at least one inch long from the supporting antler’s base, and it has to be longer than it is wide.

How to Determine Points on a Buck

This process of determining points on a buck is easy, and you can get accurate results by following the steps below.

Measuring the Protrusions

You will need to start by measuring every protrusion from the base where they are attached to the main beam to their tips. Any protrusion that you find to measure more than an inch from the main beam qualifies as a point, and you should record it when counting the buck’s points.

Consider End Tips of Main Beams as Points

Every tip of the main beams on the antler qualifies as a point when counting. You should preferably begin by counting them before you ensue on measuring the other protrusions not directly attached to the main beam.

Go for the Non-Typical or Abnormal Points

A non-typical or abnormal point is one that emanates from another point, which is connected to the main beam. You should measure them in the same way you measured the protrusions. Start measuring from the point where it meets with the other point and not from the main beam’s base.

Include Brow Tines for Whitetail Deer

If you count points on a whitetail buck’s a