TERRE HAUTE —
A good friend, Mack Adams, alerted me to a new product that scores your deer before you ever pull the trigger and get a tape measure out.
Using this innovative computer program, hunters can upload digital images of bucks from their game cameras and generate reliable Boone and Crocket scores.
This program features patent pending statistical equations that use a bucks physical feature, such as ear or eyeball with, to scale the photograph and estimate score. Sounds easy, but these measurements vary considerably from small-bodied whitetails in the South to the giants of the Midwest and Canada. So, MSU researchers teamed up with the wildlife agencies throughout the US and Canada to record these measurements on more than 2,000 wild bucks. The result- a program that can be customized to a specific geographic area.
Despite the complex equations contained in Buckscore, the program is remarkably user-friendly. Simply select your hunting area, upload one or more photos of a particular buck, trace a few features on the photograph, and let the program do the rest. The program will translate your two-dimensional measurements into a three dimensional estimate, just as if you had the rack in your hands. With a single photograph of a buck looking at the camera, at an angle, or even a side view, Buckscore can estimate the gross score within six percent of the actual score. Better yet, the multiple-picture technology contained in the Buckscore Pro version allows users to get within 2.5 percent or less than four inches- on a 150-inch buck!
Another unique feature of the Buckscore Pro version is that it can estimate a buck’s antler score at a later age. In other words, if a hunter can confidently place a buck in a given age group (e.g. 2.5 years old), the program can predict what it would score at age 3.5 years, 4.5 years, or older. The program first determines the bucks score at the time of the photograph, then combines this information with antler score information from bucks in that geographic region to estimate its future antler score. This makes it an excellent tool for deciding whether to harvest a particular buck or let him go for another year or two.
Buckscore is available for purchase as an Internet download at several sites, including www.buckscore.com. Through a partnership with the non-profit Quality Deer Management Association, hunters also can purchase Buckscore at www.qdma.com with a portion of the proceeds supporting the association’s education and outreach efforts. Regardless of point of purchase, a substantial portion of the proceeds will be returned to the Mississippi State University Deer Ecology and Management lab to continue to create new Buckscore features and to support other worthwhile research efforts. For more info or specific questions, you can email; email@example.com.
Wabash Valley Ducks Unlimited will be having the 2013 Fall Membership Banquet on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Holiday Inn in Terre Haute IN located at 3300 US Hwy 41 South, Terre Haute, IN 47802.
Doors open at 5:30pm, Cocktails at 5:30pm and dinner at 7:00pm. Your ticket includes event attendance and one year membership to Ducks Unlimited
Corporate Table includes 8 tickets (membership & meal) for $350. Single Ticket $50 Membership only $35.
More info or to buy tickets online go to http://IN.ducks.org or call Brandon Lawson at 812-236-3742.
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