MISJUDGING A BUCK from an image is understandable to a point. Trail cameras present a unique set of variables, not the least of which is timing. Around mid-august, for instance, Facebook pages swell with photos of bucks gathered around a corn pile or a feeder. They all look a bit heavier, thanks to a layer of velvet, which adds mass and even a bit of length to the antlers. Hard antlers can be deceiving, too. Odd angles, varying distances from the camera, and poor-quality photos can distort them.
So how can you accurately judge a score from a trail camera photo? It helps to look at a lot of beforeand-after bucks. In other words, capture them on camera and then actually score them once they are wearing your tag. Try to score them all—both big and small. The Boone