Introduction to
Buckmasters

 
L/R Russell Thornberry, Ed Waite, Jackie Bushman

Buckmasters is a national organization of whitetail deer hunters with a magazine published during the fall and winter months for and by deer hunters. They also have a TV program on one of the cable channels.

The Founder of Buckmasters and its driving force is Jackie Bushman. The organization came into being in 1986, and now has over 250,000 members in N. America and continues to grow each year.

The magazine contains articles of interest to deer hunters, bow hunters, muzzleloader hunters, shotgun hunters and rifle hunters. If you have the urge to write or have a good deer hunting story, you may submit it for publication. Even I had an article published in the December 1996 issue.

I have been a member of Buckmasters since 1989. When announcement was made in the magazine they were going to start certifying scorers for the new Buckmasters Trophy Records Full-Credit Scoring System, I immediately mailed in my application to attend one
BuckMasters Scoreing Certificateof the scoring clinics. I attended a clinic in Columbus, Ohio given by the systems founder, Russell Thornberry. I was certified as a scorer for the new Full-Credit Scoring System (BTR) on March 18, 1995 (I am scorer #76).

I became a Master Scorer shortly thereafter and then became a scorer-instructor. I have taught scoring clinics in Ohio (5), Oklahoma, New York, Tennessee, Connecticut, Texas, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Alabama, (12 at the Buckmasters Expo from 96 to '08), and one each in Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

I was invited to assist in the scoring of the collection of whitetail heads at the Bass Pro Shop in Springfield, Mo. in February 1996. Six Master Scorers were involved in the effort and we measured over 15,000 inches of antler and put more than 85 racks into the record book. The Tony Fulton Buck (321 7/8“) was officially scored for the BTR at this event also. I have also been invited to participate in the last two Buckmasters’ Expos in Montgomery, Al. where we scored more than 250 racks each year.

I am now the Regional Director of Buckmasters Region 7, which includes the lower peninsula of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tenneessee. I am responsible for all training in this region and anyone wishing to become a Certified Buckmasters Scorer should contact either myself or Buckmasters for information on upcoming Scorer Clinics.

In the ensuing years I have scored 5 racks that have been certified new world records within the BTR. They are the Barnicle Buck, Mike Beatty Buck, Jerry Bryant Buck, Troy Wilson Buck and The Brad Jerman Buck.

If have scored more than 50 racks that have had a BTR score in excess of 200 inches (not counting the inside spread) and have recorded more than 500 entries for the record book now in it's fifth printing.

  
Back Row Left to Right: Russell Thornberry, Tony Fulton, Fulton Buck, Ron Boucher, Ken Witt, Front Row Left to Right: Ed Waite, Jackie McConnell, Tony Snow, Bill Houghland 

 Buckmasters Whitetail Magazine
P.O. Box 244022
Montgomery, AL 36124-4022
(334) 215-3337


BUCKMASTERS TROPHY RECORDS
SCORING CATEGORY DEFINITIONS

PERFECT : A PERFECT RACK IS ONE IN WHICH EVERY TYPICAL POINT ON ONE MAIN BEAM HAS A MATCHING TYPICAL POINT ON THE OPPOSITE MAIN BEAM AND WHOSE RACK CONTAINS LESS THAN 1% IRREGULAR INCHES OF ANTLER IN ITS TOTAL SCORE.

TYPICAL : ANY RACK WITH AN UNEVEN NUMBER OF TYPICAL POINTS OR A SCORE WHOSE TOTAL INCHES CONTAINS FROM
1.1 % TO 5.5 % IRREGULAR INCHES.

SEMI-IRREGULAR : ANY RACK WHOSE TOTAL INCHES OF IRREGULAR POINTS RANGE FROM 5.6 % TO 10 % OF IRREGULAR INCHES.

IRREGULAR : ANY RACK WHOSE TOTAL INCHES OF IRREGULAR POINTS EXCEEDS 10 % OF ITS TOTAL SCORE.



BUCKMASTERS TROPHY RECORDS
MINIMUM SCORES FOR ENTRY

ALL ARCHERY ....................105 INCHES
ALL FIREARMS ...................140 INCHES
ALL PICKUPS ......................140 INCHES
ALL SHEDS ............................75 INCHES

BOONE & CROCKET CLUB (B & C)

TYPICAL ..............................170 INCHES
NON-TYPICAL .....................190 INCHES

POPE & YOUNG CLUB

TYPICAL ...............................125 INCHES
NON-TYPICAL .....................155 INCHES

BUCKEYE BIG BUCK CLUB (BBBC)
(OHIO RECORDS BOOK)

TYPICAL ..............................140 INCHES
NON-TYPICAL .....................160 INCHES