Hunters can certify racks at Henges Range antler-scoring event

ST. LOUIS -- How does this rack stack up? It’s a question many hunters ask when admiring the antlers from a proudly harvested buck. The Deer Antler Scoring event at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center on Saturday, Feb. 18, can provide the answer.

From 9 a.m. to noon, hunters may bring their antler racks from the previous season, or any past season, to have them officially scored. Even shed antlers can be brought in for scoring. Certified scorers from Missouri Show-Me Big Bucks, Pope & Young and Boone & Crocket will be on hand for evaluation and scoring. Hunters also have the option of dropping off antlers to be scored and picking them up later.

The Boone & Crocket Club is the internationally recognized standard for judging deer racks taken with firearms from any location, while the Pope & Young Club provides the same kind of certification for antlers harvested by bow and arrow. Missouri Show-Me Big Bucks scores antlers taken in Missouri only.

All racks must have been dried at least 60 days to qualify. Bringing along all harvest information, such as date, time, location and method, is recommended.

No reservations are required and there is no cost for participating. Standard fees for certification do apply if awarded. For more information, contact (636) 938-9548.

The Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation, is located at 1100 Antire Road, just off I-44, in High Ridge.