Below are links to pages that describe the basics used for scoring Deer, Bear & Turkey in Virginia. Scoring your own trophy is encouraged. Compare your trophy and see how you rank. Of course, we welcome you to enter your trophy in our show for an official score.
SCORING DEER: The Virginia Big Game Contest uses the Virginia Scoring System which was developed by George Johnson in 1945. To the best of our knowledge the Virginia Scoring System predates the Boone & Crockett Scoring System used by many other states. Both Systems have many similarities in scoring. Primary differences is the tip to tip measurement, use of outside beam measured and the way non-symmetry is calculated.
SCORING BEAR: Bear are scored using the Bear System, again developed by George Johnson.
SCORING TURKEY: Scoring System is similar to one used by National Wild Turkey Federation.