This program is dedicated to those who have realized the ULTIMATE IN SATISFACTION. Whether by luck or determination,we
congratulate your success and respect your efforts!
The Hoosier Record Book program was established in the fall of 1975 to recognize trophy deer and establish a permanent record of the
quality of deer taken within Indiana.Also,the program was designed to honor deer hunters that successfully harvested a record class animal.
1993,the resposibility of administering this program was passed on to the Indiana Deer Hunters Association,from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division
of Fish and Wildlife. With the involvement of the state's largest deer hunting organization working with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of
Fish and Wildlife, it is our hope the program will continue to become more of a success in the future.
Outstanding sets of deer antlers are measured through the system of antler scoring devised by the Boone and Crockett Club and used
throughout North America to classify all trophy whitetail antlers. Antler scoring is divided into 2 categories: typical and non-typical.
Typical antlers are
those that are normal, symmetrical, well-balanced antlers. Non-typical antlers possess a number of points that are abnormal in shape or position. To qualify for
the Hoosier Record Buck Program, the minimum typical score has been set at 140 points and the minimum non-typical score is 160. Nationwide, standards to enter the
Boone and Crockett Club record book are a bit stiffer; minimum typical score is 170, while the nontypical minimum is 195.
Antler measuring follows a
standard procedure. The score for a typical head is the measurement in inches of the distance between the main beams, plus the length of all normal points, plus
four circumference measurements on each main beam, minus the difference between corresponding parts and the length of all abnormal points. Non-typical antlers are
scored in the same manner except the total length of abnormal is added to the score rather than subtracted. To be considered a point, a projection must be at least
one inch long and its length must exceed the length of the base. All measurements are made using a quarter inch stell tape and are rounded off to the nearest eighth
of an inch.
Recently The Hoosier Record Book has added an additional category; "Found Dead" has been added to recognize those deer who were found
dead for any variety of reasons. This category does not include illegal or confiscated deer.
Who may enter the Hoosier Record Buck Program? Any deer
legally killed in Indiana since the 1951 deer hunting season started is eligible. The individual submitting the trophy must attest that the deer was taken in
Indiana with legal weapons: shotgun with slugs, muzzle-loading rifle, pistol, or bow and arrow. The deer must also have been killed during the legal hunting season
and taken in FAIR CHASE. According to the Boone and Crockett Club, FAIR CHASE means the animal was not taken by spotting or herding from the air; was not taken by
herding or pursuing from motor powered vehicles and was not taken by using portable radios or walkie-talkies or locating and keeping spotted trophy animals and for
guiding hunters to them. Both head and antler-skull mounts can be submitted for scoring. But all tropies must undergo a 60 day shrink period from the time of kill
to the date of scoring.
All individuals having a buck that meets the minimum score in either typical or non-typical categories will receive a certificate
acknowledging their deer's entry in the program. The listings of trophy deer qualifying for the Hoosier Record Buck Program is updated in book form biannually. Deer
Hunters possessing possible eligible whitetail mounts/antlers are encouraged to contact one of the certified scorers. A list of scorers can be found by clicking
here. Each scorer is
listed by county and qualifications: HRB, P&Y, B&C. (Hoosier Record Book, Pope and Young, Boone and Crockett)
The Hoosier Record Buck Program offers no monetary award to successful hunters. It does, however, offer
recognition and honor to those listed in the publication. Each hunter has accomplished a personal best and has earned recognition of his peers. We believe that the
vast majority of hunters are honest when they attest that their entry was killed in fair chase and in full compliance with the laws and regulations governing deer
hunting in Indiana. Unfortunately, a few hunters do not always abide by the rules of the Hoosier Record Buck Program, and their record buck entry is tainted in the
mind of the ethical sportsman. After the Record Buck Program was established, occassional stories of hunter misconduct were called to our attention. Because of the
validity of some of the stories, the Division of Fish and Wildlife decided to disallow any record buck taken by a hunter convicted of any deer hunting violation.
Conviction verification must be made by the Division of Law Enforcement prior to disqualification. Action is only taken when documented evidence is brought to our
attention, and each incident is judged on a case-by-case basis.
On a list that contains about 8,000 names and scores, the possibility for errors does exist. Since the program
started in 1975, qualifiers may have moved, lost their certificates, or perhaps never received one. Many times scoresheets are received with incomplete or incorrect
information. While we strive for perfection, please help us to correct our mistakes. If you need to make changes or corrections, or if you do not have your
certificate, please contact John Bogucki as listed below. To ORDER your copy of the Record book click here for an order form.
"Once you make the decision to hunt trophy whitetails, heaven help you! You are doomed to a life of frustration, loneliness, and on
rare occassions, the ultimate in satisfaction."
- Dr. James Kroll, Producing and Harvesting Whitetailed Deer