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UK Deer Trophy Measurement Guidelines

What is, or what makes a deer trophy? A trophy can contain a huge amount of personal memories. Memories of the landscape, the weather on a particular day, the stalk and shot itself or for many, memories of the individual animal if it has been observed, purposely left for several years or simply been clever enough to evade the hunters rifle. Whether it be a  strong, week or bizarre set of antlers or horns, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and comparisons with other trophies should never reduce the memories. Nevertheless, the average amount of antler growth in deer is one of the few reliable indicators of both annual variation, and overall trends in quality of populations and individuals. Records, particularly when cross referenced to age can demonstrate good or poor management practices, and therefore are invaluable as a management tool.

There are several internationally recognised trophy evaluation formulas around the world. The most wildly used formula in the UK and Europe is the CIC measuring formula.

Trophy measuring as we know it in the UK started in the 1970s when Richard Prior joined the Game Conservancy and introduced trophy measuring at the CLA game fair to add interest to the stand. However, it was not until 1997 when the CIC decided to form national trophy commissions that truly accredited and recognised CIC trophy measuring was offered to the stalking public. The United Kingdom Trophy Evaluation Board (UKTEB) access trophies from the UK and around the world under the control of the U.K. Delegation of the CIC.

The CIC expect trophies to be brought for evaluation as a full skull, and in the case of red,fallow and roe dried for 90 days. This is because the species have a weight calculation as part of the formula. The remaining deer species found in the UK can be measured fresh or once mounted by a taxidermist as long as the judge is sure that no tampering has happened to the skull underneath the skin.

Below are some rough guidelines which may help you access your deer trophy to work out if it is worth having it measured. However these are just guidelines and for any trophy related questions please contact the UKTEB directly:

 

Red

Although there are not a large number of Scottish stags that have achieved medals,  to reach a bronze medal a Scottish red deer trophy should have a dry (90 days after being prepared) weight around 4.7 kg as a full skull, have an average main beam length of 85 cm, and 14 antler points.

For English or lowland red stags,  a full skull dry (90 days after being prepared) weight of around 6.5 kg, an average main beam length of around 90 cm, and 12 to 14 antler points is required to be in with a chance of a bronze medal.

 

Fallow

fallow-deer-trophy-silver medal from Cambridgeshire August 2016

To achieve a bronze medal a fallow trophy should have an antler length of about 60 cm. Brow tines  of about 16 cm. A palmation length of about 30 cm, with the width of palmation being about 14 cm. Circumference of coronets about 20 cm. And lower beam measurements of about 12cm. A dry (90 days after being prepared) net weight of around 3 kg. However deficiencies in one area may be counteracted by increases in others, thus  still ensuring that a medal category is reached.

 

Sika

To achieve a bronze medal a Japanese Sika should be a fairly even eight pointer with a span of about 40 cm, beams of about 50 cm, brown tines of about 13 cm, seconds tines of about 14 cm, and inner tines of about 6 cm. The circumference of the lower beams should be about 9 cm and the upper about 6.5 cm. However the deficiencies in one area may be counteracted by increases in others, thus still ensuring that a medal category is reached.

 

Roe

A bronze medal will generally need a dry (90 days after being prepared) full skull weight of at least 455 g, and a volume of at least 150 ccs. A silver medal will probably require a dry full skull weight of at least 510 g and a volume of at least 165 ccs, with a gold medal normally requiring a dry for skull weight of 570 g and a volume of 200 ccs. However there is considerable variation due mainly to the age of the buck and also the quality of the beauty points. Nevertheless a trophy of 26 cm in main beam length with the above required weight and volume for bronze should achieve this colour medal with average marks for each of the beauty points and full marks for span.

 

Chinese Water Deer

A bronze medal will require canines of an even length of at least 65 mm, with a circumference of 25 mm measured at the largest circumference of the tooth’s diameter.

 

Muntjac

A bronze medal muntjac will require a main beam length of 10.5 cm, and inside span of 11 cm between the main beams, and brow points of 1.5 cm.

 

Wild Boar

Although there are populations of wild boar in the UK only a handful have ever achieved medal status. As a very rough guide, to reach a bronze medal the lower wild boar tasks should measure at least 25 cm in length.

 

Feral goat

Although no longer recognised by the CIC as a trophy to be evaluated a bronze medal based on the old scoring formula will require a spread of some 60 cm, and horns of an even length of at least 60 cm, with a circumference at the base of at least 20 cm, and a circumference at the first, second and third quarter distances of 18, 14 and 10 cm respectively.

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There is a number of certified CIC measurers in the UK. Measurements can be made at judges homes, via the post or at the shows the CIC attend. Trophies that don’t achieve a medal score are evaluated for free. A fee does apply to trophies reaching medal status.

For full details please visit www.cictrophy.com