The Game Commission bases its Big Game Scoring Program after, and uses the measuring system, of the well known Boone & Crockett Club. The Boone and Crockett Club was founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt and a group of his close friends. Due to the Club’s efforts to promote fair chase hunting and implement game laws and regulations, many big game animals were brought back from the verge of extinction. Scoring and keeping track of big game animals is important because harvesting a record book animal brings to attention the excellence of habitat and wildlife management practices that produce healthy wildlife populations. The scoring program also stresses hunter and conservation ethics, and is another tool that promotes recreational hunting and supports Pennsylvania’s strong hunting heritage.
A printed version of the current PA records is available for $5 (includes sales tax) plus $1.25 shipping. To order call 1-888-888-3459. The categories and minimum scores for inclusion in the “Pennsylvania Book” are: Typical White-tailed Deer — Firearm, 140-0/8; Typical White-tailed Deer — Archery, 115-0/8; Nontypical White-tailed Deer — Firearm, 160-0/8; Nontypical White-tailed Deer — Archery, 135-0/8; Black Bear — Firearm, 19-0/16; Black Bear — Archery, 17-0/16; Typical Elk — Firearm, 300-0/8; Typical Elk —Archery; 200-0/8; Nontypical Elk — Firearm, 325-0/8; Nontypical Elk — Archery, 275-0/8. To enter a big game animal or for more information about the Game Commission’s Big Game Records Program, contact Boone & Crockett Club certified scorer and coordinator of PA’s program Bob D’Angelo at email@example.com or call the Game Commission Harrisburg Headquarters.