honestly not trying to stir the pot, but this is a reality worth talking about.
I propose that 90% or more of camp scores are way over what an official score would be.
I'm not even talking about outfitters, because it is just par for the course they will always put their best inch forward.
I have a proper 1/4" metal tape and when I camp measure my game, I honestly try to be accurate as possible. I have also had the guides and others in camp field measure my game.
NEVER has my score or the camp score been less than the official score! percentage wise I guess on average the official score is about 5% less. that doesn't seem like much until you turn it into inches and then it becomes 6, 7, 8"+
I think EVERYONE that is happy to share their scores should also get their game officially scored. I respect people where score doesn't matter, but if you are bragging about the score, then it should be accurate.
I have never been on a trophy bonus type hunt, but for guys that have, are the measurements accurate when every extra inch is a bunch more money for the outfitter? what happens when you get home and official score is 10" less? if when I'm scoring and trying to be honest I add a few inches, imagine guys getting paid for inches.
I have never entered a contest, but I imagine they are closer to accurate than camp scores.
for reference what real gross scores look like in pictures, I will share some I've had officially scored. FYI, I was personally off the most, scoring my deer and mom's 6" more each. Taylor on the Mule Deer was pretty darn close. Mike on the Aoudad never scored them, we just guesstimated.
141 2/8" Gross
167 1/8" Gross
23 1/8”-23 2/8” (85 7/8” SCI)
25”-24 1/8” (87” SCI)