Scoring Deer with BuckScore® | How to Take Photos of Harvested Bucks
By: Jeremy Flinn, Co-Founder of BuckScore®
A lot of people will be looking to score a buck this year with the BuckScore® program. While most of these will be with trail camera pictures, some lucky individuals will be scoring harvest photos! I was fortunate enough to harvest this really great Pennsylvania buck in the video below. Of course, one of the first things a hunter is going to do after recovering a buck is take hero shots. One big consideration I urge you to make this year is to ensure you are taking hero shots that will work great for scoring the buck with the BuckScore® program. Of course not all hero shots will be scored, but if you want the most accurate score possible based off of a picture, make sure to follow the guidelines below.
The Right Angle
First off, you want to make sure you are taking pictures at the correct angle. You want to take your hero shots with the buck’s head at a 0, 45, and 90-degree angle to the camera. An image of the buck at 45 degrees will yield the most accurate score as the reference points and the majority of the buck’s rack are clearly visible.
As you are taking pictures, remember to make sure the reference measurement features are clear. Make sure the buck’s ear is up and facing straight toward the camera. This is something that you will have to pay attention to as the ears will most likely be down or tucked behind your hand. Below are the different reference features you can use to score your buck with the BuckScore® program. Keep in mind that the ear width measurement is the most accurate, followed by eyeball width, and then eye to eye width.
Features for reference measurements:
- Eye to eye
Take a Level Photo
One last thing you will want to pay attention to when you are taking hero pictures is whether or not the buck’s head is level. In order to get the most accurate score of your buck, you will want to make sure the buck’s head is not tilted forward or backward.
If you snap a photo that meets the above criteria, you should be able to perfectly score your buck using the BuckScore® program!
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