Deer hunting is no different than any other sport, there is always the idea of that trophy in the back of most hunters' minds. They all want to shoot that prize-winning buck with the antlers that can hang on the wall in their homes. You've probably thought about that trophy deer while hunting a time or two, as well. What you really want to know is what constitutes a true trophy and where they can be found. There are plenty of areas where trophy deer hunting can be found, if you know where to start.
On many deer farms and preserves where deer hunting takes place, there are a lot of opportunities for large bucks that could be considered trophies. First of all, let's explore where to look for trophy deer. Hunting in the Illinois Ohio Valley can turn up a great number of trophy deer due to the number of farms there, as well as the strict deer harvesting guidelines. It is not permissible to take young bucks scoring less than 125 ", which allows for a faster rate of maturity, so many bucks in this area are typically running around 208" on average.
On any well-managed farm or preserve, you will find antler statistics like this. One reason is that because the deer are fed more than just vegetation and receive a source of protein that helps them to develop a much larger rack. In general, though, trophy deer hunting varies based on the type of deer that you are hunting.
For example, a trophy sized mule deer is going to be much larger than a trophy whitetail. How do you determine if your trophy deer hunting has been successful? Deer size is judged mostly on the "points" system, which is determined by measuring several points on the antlers. There are extremely strict regulations on measuring these points.
First of all, you have to know how many points each of the two antlers have. These will be labeled "G", followed by a number that determines how far away the point is from the main beam. Then, you measure the spreads – there are three places of measurement here. You'll also measure the length of all points, including abnormal points, the length of the main beam, and the length of each point.
Add to these the circumferences of various parts of the main branch, and then take out the difference in lengths between the various points. The overall total achieved is the point ranking of the deer. When you are trophy deer hunting, it is important to be aware of these measurements and what is considered a trophy sized specimen within the species you are hunting. When you have become familiar with the typical sizes and what they look like, you'll begin to judge without a tape measure and make an estimate as to whether your the buck you have in your sights is going to fit the bill.