and on the spot pictures -- by Robert Hoague
Annual Bowhunting.net Bowhunt - 2006
Billy Don at Wild Horse Prairie Ranch in Burnet, Texas
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THANKS TO Wildlife
for sending a generous variety of Scent Killer and deer lure products for
every bowhunter on this hunt.
What Does Roy Keefer's Buck Score?
My CamTrakker game camera
came with the software for the TrophyScore
program. After we recovered Roy's 10-point buck I installed the software
and scored the buck with TrophyScore. This was a perfect opportunity to
use the program and see how accurate it was.
Here is how it works.
When you open the program
you select a picture of the buck you want to score. I used the picture
After the picture
is loaded your first step is to give the program a reference to base the
measurements on. You have the choice of measuring the buck's Eye or its
Nose. To do this you use our mouse and click on the edges of the eye or
nose. The instructions display as you move through the program. They said
that to measure the eye you mark the edges of the eye, without getting
into the skin.
You can Zoom In and Out on
any feature and I found it was easier to get an accurate measurement of
the eye by zooming in on an eye to measure it. I clicked on each edge of
the eye and a line filled in between the two points. Then the program asked
me if I had measured the Eye or the Nose and I selected Eye.
You only measure one, either
the eye or the nose. If your picture has a front view you can see all the
nose and get a good measurement. But the eye is at an angle so your measurement
won't be as accurate.
On a side view you can not
see all the nose but you can see all the eye.
Onward, here is how to measure
the nose. At this point the screen shows you how to make the measurement
and you click on the sides of the nose, like this.
Now you measure each antler
beginning with the right antler. First you click along the right main beam.
When it is marked you click Next. And you then measure the length of each
tine, one at a time beginning with the brow tine. When you're done with
the right antler you do the left. Then you measure the width of the antler
at the base and between the points.
Lastly, you measure the
spread of the antlers and click Next. The program tells you it is ready
for Completion and when you click Next you receive a print out of the score,
including both gross and net scores.
Here is a copy of the report
for Roy's 10-point buck taken on this hunt. Score.
How Easy Was It To Do
My first time through I
didn't know what to expect. I didn't zoom in on my nose measurement and
didn't get it right and the buck scored over 160. But on my second time
around I knew what was going on and took advantage of the zoom feature
-- then the program nailed the score.
TrophyScore actually adjusts
to the angle of the deer in your photo by the relationship of the eye or
nose measurements to the antler measurements.
So was it easy? Yep.
Accurate? That too.
Roy's measurements with the
tape were half an inch more. The TrophyScore grossed the buck at
131.2" and the it taped 131.7. That's incredibly close. The TrophyScore
web site has full information on the program and you can download it from
the site. TrophyScore.
come with TrophyScore software
Will it work on live deer.
Yep, that is what it was created for.
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